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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)
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“They get fouls on the perimeter,” coach Tyrone Corbin said. “We can’t even get fouls going to the basket. It’s the way it is.”

The Jazz had previously been aggravated by the officiating with 41.9 seconds left, when Paul Millsap appeared to be fouled on a cut to the basket that could have put the Jazz up 112-111.

In one of the best free throw shooting games imaginable, the Jazz were 37 of 40 from the foul line, while the Clippers were 33 of 41.

It was Utah’s second loss to the Clippers amid L.A.’s 16-game winning streak, which has yielded a league best 24-6 record. Friday’s loss mirrored Dec. 3’s, when the Jazz blew a 14-point lead (their biggest in a loss before Friday) and Foye had a shot at the buzzer that could have won the game.

“We made some mistakes, but we fought our way through it and had a chance to win the ballgame at the end,” Corbin said.

The Jazz trailed 29-22 at the end of the first quarter, but behind big performances from Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks outscored the Clippers 36-19 in the second.

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Hayward scored 11 of his 17 points in the second quarter.

However, the Clippers made their run in the third quarter largely with the Jazz starters on the floor.

“I thought the guys played hard,” Corbin said. “I thought we were competing against them, they were competing against us. I thought we played with the same energy they had.”

Before Friday, the Clippers had won seven straight games by double digits. But that was little consolation, even as the Jazz will travel Saturday to Los Angeles for Sunday’s rematch at Staples Center.

“We gave up a game that we should have won here,” Jamaal Tinsley said.

boram@stlrib.com

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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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