Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – December 15
=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – December 15 ===
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Utah Jazz, 93-91, on
Tuesday at the Delta Center.
Corey Maggette poured in a game-high 28 points and Elton Brand added 19 for
the Clippers, who have dropped three straight contests.
The Jazz led by one after three quarters, but quickly extended the cushion to
five points on Gordan Giricek’s three-pointer with around nine minutes left in
Los Angeles trimmed the deficit to one point at 81-80 on two free throws by
Maggette with 4:45 left. The margin was still one late in the game and the
Clippers had a chance to take the lead, but Marko Jaric turned the ball over
with 1:05 left. Carlos Boozer was then fouled at the other end and gave the
Jazz an 88-86 edge as he made 1-of-2 from the stripe with 48 seconds
On the ensuing possession, Maggette missed a deep three-pointer, but the
Clippers kept the ball alive and Chris Kaman was finally fouled with 22.7
seconds left. Kaman, though, missed 1-of-2 and the deficit was one point.
Raja Bell was quickly fouled at the other end and the guard netted both shots
to extend the lead to three points. After several misses by LA, Maggette
finally got a rebound and laid it in to trim the deficit to 90-89 with 10.1
Mehmet Okur was then immediately fouled and made both shots to widen the gap
to three, but Mikki Moore’s dunk with four seconds left again cut the lead to
one point. Okur was then fouled again and this time made 1-of-2 for a two-
point edge. Kaman grabbed the rebound as he missed the second try, but his
desperation try was way off the mark.
Maggette has scored 27 or more points in five straight games. He is averaging
32 points and 7.4 rebounds in that span.
The Clippers are off until Friday when they visit Kevin Garnett and the
Minnesota Timberwolves. It will be the second meeting of the season between
the clubs. On December 4, the Timberwolves knocked off the Clippers, 107-100,
in overtime at the Staples Center.