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NBA: Utah’s latest defeat isn’t a pretty picture
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, center, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forwards Lamar Odom, left, and Blake Griffin defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dives for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, struggles for the ball with Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, gestures after a Clippers basket as guard Chris Paul approaches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf puts up a shot as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, goes up for a shot as Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, of Turkey, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson goes up for a dunk during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, goes up for a shot as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Clippers have 107-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler, right, dunks as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, right, goes up for a shot as Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Clippers have 107-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Green, right, goes up for a shot as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, reacts to a call as head coach Vinny Del Negro during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, talks with forward Blake Griffin during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, reacts to a call as head coach Vinny Del Negro during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, questions a call by referee Jason Phillips during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, questions a call by referee Bob Delaney during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, gestures after getting an assist as guard Chris Paul looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, gestures after getting an assist as guard Chris Paul looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler passes during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, left, passes to guard Chris Paul during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, gestures after getting an assist as guard Chris Paul looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Clippers have 107-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes dunks during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Clippers have 107-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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They didn’t fall apart Sunday as they have in other road defeats this season, notably in Indianapolis and Denver. Instead, they battled, which led to Corbin call his team “proud guys” and commend their character.

“They’re going to continue to work, even though we struggle, we’re going to work our way through it,” he said.

On Sunday, that manifested itself in the form of a comeback from a 12-point third-quarter deficit. The Jazz took a 76-75 lead with 2:05 remaining when a layup by Jefferson capped a 17-4 run.

“We were getting stops defensively,” said Gordon Hayward, who scored 16 points off the bench. “Seems like I’ve said that a lot. That’s kind of where it all starts for us, we got a couple of easy buckets in transition, we got Al rolling a little bit. That’s kind of how we went on a run.”

It was a stark contrast to the second quarter, when the Jazz made just 26.9 percent of their shots and the Clippers made 11 of 16 attempts.

The question the Jazz must answer is how to capture that energy and efficiency and make it the rule, rather than the exception.

“We’re definitely capable of making runs where we can win seven out of nine,” Hayward said. “I think we still believe in each other.”

boram@sltrib.com

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Highlights

O The Jazz overcome a 12-point deficit to lead in the third quarter, but they can’t stay ahead of the red-hot Clippers.

» The Clippers have won 17 straight games, including three against the Jazz.

» Al Jefferson scores 30 points and grabs eight rebounds to lead the Jazz.

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