Posted by: TACOREV on December 29th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz blow a 19-point lead and fall to the Clippers at the Solution, thus contributing to their ongoing association-best 16-game winning streak.
The bench was big for the Jazz, igniting a 24-7 second quarter rally to take control and claim a 10-point halftime lead. The momentum continued in the second half, until a 12-0 LAC run late in the third turned the tides.
Plenty of controversy in the final minutes, no doubt. An argument could be made that the refs influenced the outcome, but when you blow a 19-point lead at home you probably don’t deserve to win anyway.
The Clippers were led by Chris Paul’s 29 & 6, Blake Griffin’s 22 & 13, and DeAndre Jordan’s 16 & 10. Six Clippers scored double figures.
Foye led the Jazz with 28 points on 8-of-13 (5-of-9 from 3), while Jefferson had 22 & 8 and Hayward added 17 on 3-of-6.
Interesting to note that all five starters finished -8 or worse in +/-. All five reserves scored +6 or better.
Tough loss. Tough, tough loss. The two teams rematch in L.A. Sunday night. And after a rough outcome like tonight’s, something tells me that Sunday’s contest will be a lopsided affair, not favoring the Jazz.
The Jazz dip below .500 (15-16) for the first time since the last meeting with the Clippers. The Jazz have also now lost three straight at ESA.
Jazz player of the game: Randy Foye
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