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NBA: Jazz fall short again; Clippers win 16th straight
Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) loses the ball as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left,  defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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)
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) blocks the shoot of Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks as Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) fouls Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin walks off the court after the Clippers' 116-114 victory over the Utah Jazz in an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) battle for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. The Clippers defeated the Jazz 116-114. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) shoots as teammate center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) watch in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. The Clippers defeated the Jazz 116-114. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) defends as Utah Jazz guard Randy Foye (8) makes a 3-point shot as time expires during an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Salt Lake City. The Clippers defeated the Jazz 116-114. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In a game in which a combined 81 free throws were attempted, the Jazz left the floor believing they had earned three more.

A handful of fans threw toy basketballs and paper airplanes to the floor in disgust. Al Jefferson strutted off the floor immediately, shaking his head. The referees exited nearly as abruptly. Three Jazz executives — Kevin O’Connor, Randy Rigby, Greg Miller — were on the floor, screaming and pointing.

The Clippers may be the hottest team in the NBA, but nobody was hotter than those three.

Randy Foye’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was one of few he didn’t make on Saturday, and the collision with Matt Barnes as he was fired didn’t help. But after calling four fouls in the final minute of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 116-114 win, this time the referees practiced restraint.

So, too, did the Jazz when it came time to address the dominant issue.

“He just, he played good D, man,” Foye said. “That’s all I got to say on that.”

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Foye pump-faked and stepped into Barnes before shooting, and it appeared it may have been the Jazz guard who initiated contact, which could validate the referees’ decision not to blow a whistle.

The non-call was just the final twist in a wild night that saw the Jazz, who have lost six of their last eight games, build and blow a 19-point lead.

Foye, who joined the Jazz as a free agent after spending two seasons with the Clippers, led the Jazz with a season-high 28 points and made 5 of 9 3-pointers. After Chris Paul missed his only free throw of the night (13 of 14) with 17.8 seconds left, the Jazz answered with a pair of makes by Al Jefferson.

However, Jefferson undid that good by fouling Paul 25 feet from the basket when he jumped out to trap.

“We were trying to trap and the referee called a foul,” Jefferson said. “… Don’t matter what I think, he called it.”

It gave Paul two more free throws, of which he missed neither.

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Blown 19-point lead, non-call by refs cost Utah against Clips.

At a glance

Clippers 116, Jazz 114

O The Jazz blow a 19-point lead to lose to the Clippers for the second time in L.A.’s 16-game win streak.

» Randy Foye scores a season-high 28 points, including 5 of 9 on 3-pointers.

» Foye’s 3 at the buzzer misses as Jazz players, fans and executives clamor for a foul call on the Clippers’ Matt Barnes.

Clippers 116,Jazz 114

FG FT Reb

L.A.C. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Butler 29:59 5-11 2-3 0-1 0 3 14

Griffin 39:20 7-10 8-9 2-13 3 5 22

Jordan 32:55 6-8 4-6 5-10 0 4 16

Paul 38:00 8-18 13-14 1-2 6 0 29

Green 15:54 4-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 10

Crwford 25:33 3-11 6-7 0-1 5 1 12

Barnes 24:34 2-5 0-0 1-3 3 4 6

Odom 14:12 1-1 0-2 1-1 1 3 3

Bledsoe 10:00 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 2

Turiaf 9:00 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 2

Hollins 0:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 240:00 38-77 33-41 11-35 20 29 116

Percentages: FG .494, FT .805. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Green 2-3, Barnes 2-5, Butler 2-5, Odom 1-1, Crawford 0-4, Paul 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 16 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 15 (Griffin 3, Jordan 3, Barnes 2, Crawford 2, Odom 2, Bledsoe, Butler, Paul). Steals: 11 (Jordan 3, Barnes 2, Bledsoe, Crawford, Green, Griffin, Odom, Paul). Technical Fouls: Bledsoe, 6:33 second Griffin, 4:22 second.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

MaWllms 19:52 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 6

Millsap 28:47 5-9 2-2 1-5 3 2 12

Jefferson 33:25 7-17 8-8 1-8 3 3 22

Tinsley 28:49 1-1 0-0 0-0 5 5 3

Foye 29:17 8-13 7-8 1-5 1 1 28

Favors 19:13 2-7 1-1 2-4 2 5 5

Watson 19:10 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 3 2

Haywrd 28:08 3-6 9-11 0-3 4 5 17

Kanter 14:35 2-3 4-4 2-5 2 1 8

Burks 18:44 3-8 4-4 1-2 0 5 11

Totals 240:00 34-71 37-40 9-36 20 32 114

Percentages: FG .479, FT .925. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Foye 5-9, Hayward 2-2, Tinsley 1-1, Burks 1-2, Watson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 17 (28 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Hayward 2, Jefferson 2, Foye, Kanter, Tinsley). Turnovers: 17 (Favors 4, Tinsley 4, Kanter 2, Millsap 2, Watson 2, Foye, Jefferson, Ma.Williams). Steals: 7 (Jefferson 2, Kanter 2, Burks, Favors, Tinsley). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 5:42 first.

L.A. Clippers 29 19 36 32 — 116

Utah 22 36 30 26 — 114

Attendance » 19,911

Time » 2:33.

Officials » Derrick Stafford, Matt Boland, Gary Zielinski.

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