Jazz host Clippers
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz try to put the brakes on
a five-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers
to the Delta Center for a Western Conference battle.
Utah has been dominant over the Clippers, winning 18 of the last 20 meetings.
The Clippers have lost two straight and 28 of their last 29 at Utah.
This is the third meeting of the season between the two squads. The Jazz
defeated the Clippers, 86-67, on December 5, 2003 at Utah, while the Clippers
beat Utah, 93-82, on January 23, 2004 at the Staples Center.
The Jazz play the middle contest of a three-game homestand tonight. On
Saturday, Utah was defeated by the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers, 93-86,
at the Delta Center.
DeShawn Stevenson led five Utah scorers in double figures with 17 points in
the loss. Carlos Arroyo netted 16 points and Raja Bell had 12 for the Jazz,
who dropped their third straight at home.
Utah hopes to have some needed frontcourt help back tonight, as its leading
scorer Andrei Kirilenko, who has missed four straight games with a
sprained ankle, is expected to play tonight.
The Jazz are a brutal 4-16 on the road this season.
On Saturday, the Clippers suffered a 102-97 loss at the hands of the Seattle
SuperSonics at KeyArena.
LA’s Corey Maggette scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during Saturday’s
loss, while Elton Brand collected 26 points and 16 boards for the Clippers,
who had a two-game win streak halted. Quentin Richardson finished with 22
points in defeat.
The Clippers, who have lost two straight as the visitor, are 4-12 on the road