Jazz continue to play sweet music, rout Clippers
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Matt
Harpring added 22 in Utah’s 112-90 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers at the
Carlos Boozer ended with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who at 7-1
are off to their best start since the lockout season of 1999 when they won
nine of their first 10 contests.
Deron Williams also had 16 points for Utah, which shot 51.2 percent from the
field and pulled away by outscoring the Clippers, 59-36, in the second half.
The Jazz forced 19 turnovers, leading to 22 points.
“In the fist half we were a little afraid to foul,” Harpring said. “We didn’t
want to get in foul trouble. The second half we weren’t worried. We were
putting our bodies on them.”
Cuttino Mobley scored 18 and Corey Maggette tallied 17 points for Los Angeles,
which had its five-game winning streak snapped. The Clippers have lost seven
in a row at Utah.
“What surprised me was that we played the first half and half of the third
quarter the way we are supposed to play,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.
“Then we had a stretch after that where we just played selfishly.”
The Clippers led 54-53 at the half and Elton Brand’s layup pulled LA into a
tie at 72 with 1:49 remaining in the third quarter. However, the Jazz scored
the next 11 points, bridging the end of the period into the fourth.
Ronnie Brewer’s three-point play started the spurt and it ended on Harpring’s
Harpring’s tip shot extended the margin to 90-73 with 8:16 remaining and the
Clippers never challenged for the lead after that, as the Jazz opened a 23-
point lead down the stretch.
Brewer finished with 12 points, as the Jazz dominated in the paint, powering
to a 54-34 margin. It was sparked by 11 offensive rebounds to just three for
Brand had 16 points, while Sam Cassell and Tim Thomas each had 12 in a losing
Utah was in front 25-23 after one quarter, but the Clippers led by as many as
six in the second.
The home team has won eight straight meetings…The Jazz played without
forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is sidelined with a sprained ankle…Quinton
Ross scored 11 for the Clippers.