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L.A. Clippers rally past Utah Jazz for 16th straight win
First Published Dec 28 2012 06:31 pm • Last Updated Dec 29 2012 12:13 am

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.

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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.


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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.



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