L.A. Clippers rally past Utah Jazz for 16th straight win
Published: December 28, 2012 09:55PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 12:13AM
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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, left, steals the ball from Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley, right, while Clippers point guard Chris Paul, rear, looks on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Chris Paul hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining to give the Los Angeles Clippers a 116-114 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

The game was tied 112-112 when Al Jefferson fouled Paul 40 feet from the basket. Paul made two free throws to give L.A. the lead.

The Clippers survived when Randy Foye missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer.

Foye scored 18 points and Utah used a 17-2 run midway through the second quarter to build a halftime 58-48 lead.

The Jazz, who have lost five of their last seven, were trying to snap the Clippers’ 15-game winning streak.

L.A. made five of its first seven shots and to take a 12-7 lead. It was 18-14 when Willie Green hit a three-pointer, triggering an 11-6 run.

Foye kept the Jazz in the game with 13 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Clippers owning a 29-21 lead.

Utah trailed, 34-29, before Enes Kanter’s monstrous rebound dunk. He ignited the crowd and began the Jazz’s 17-2 run, which carried them to a 46-36 lead.

Gordon Hayward scored 10 straight points in one stretch, including a free throw after a technical foul on Blake Griffin.

In the third quarter, the Jazz converted eight of their first 10 possessions during a 16-7 run. They built a 74-55 lead with 8:09 left.

It was 76-59 when Utah’s defense disappeared. L.A. scored 12 straight points and finished the quarter by converting 12 of its final 13 possessions.

The Clippers trailed 88-84 heading into the fourth quarter. They tied the game 90-90 on Caron Butler’s four-point play with 9:09 remaining.