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Postgame: Clippers 105, Jazz 104

Published December 3, 2012 11:28 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Where to begin? Guess we'll start where the Jazz stopped: The fourth quarter.

Jeremy Evans and Alec Burks gave the Jazz good minutes in the first half, but Jamal Crawford also wasn't so aggressively looking for his shot in the first half. LA's leading scorer (somehow) flourished while being checked by Burks in the quarter, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the fourth.

• Many, many plays (and calls) went the Clippers' way in the fourth quarter, but few were more critical than with 3:36 left and the Jazz up 94-91. Chauncey Billups missed a 3-pointer and the rebound went long. DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Blake Griffin got tangled up while giving chase and Carroll was called for the foul. Crawford subsequently hit a baseline jumper at the shot clock buzzer to keep the Clippers in the game.

When asked what happened on the play, Carroll became visibly distraught and said, "I really don't know.

"I know me, Paul and Blake were just scrumming for the ball and he [Griffin] just happened to fall and they called a foul on me. You got to respect the call, you got to respect the game. But it was just three competitiors going for the ball."

• The Jazz were models of restraint when it came to talking about the referees. No fewer than three players either said they would not go there, for fear of earning fines, or made it abundantly apparent by aggressively staying quiet (it's a thing; you believe it when you see Mo Williams do it). "One day," Al Jefferson said, "the referee gods will look down on us."

• Read Steve Luhm's story on the Billups/Williams play. Really good stuff.

• Foye downplayed the matchup with his former team Monday morning and again after the game. "If we would have won tonight it wouldn't have been Randy Foye or Mo Williams that beat the Clippers," he said, "it would have been Utah Jazz."

Yet, if Foye had made that final-second desperation heave...

— Bill Oram