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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA CLIPPERS      20   24   23   19    86   
      UTAH             20   23   23   21    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAC - BOBBY SIMMONS 17, COREY MAGGETTE 16, 
                      ZELJKO REBRACA 12
                UTH - KEITH MCLEOD 18, RAJA BELL 14, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND:   LAC - ELTON BRAND 8, ZELJKO REBRACA 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                UTH - KRIS HUMPHRIES 12, MATT HARPRING 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAC - RICK BRUNSON 5, ELTON BRAND 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                UTH - KEITH MCLEOD 8, ANDREI KIRILENKO 6, SIX 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   18,565

Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 37 6-17 3-3 0-1 1 4 17 E Brand 33 4-13 2-3 7-8 3 4 10 C Kaman 31 3-8 1-2 3-5 1 3 7 R Brunson 31 4-7 0-0 0-2 5 3 8 C Maggette 38 3-8 10-10 1-5 1 2 16 M Moore 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 C Wilcox 4 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Z Rebraca 26 4-5 4-5 2-7 2 4 12 L Chalmers 17 3-4 2-2 0-1 0 1 8 Q Ross 21 3-6 2-2 0-4 2 1 8 M Jaric DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT FOO _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-70 24-27 14-34 16 25 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 2-2, 1.000 (B Simmons 2-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (C Kaman 3, E Brand 2, Z Rebraca, Q Ross). Turnovers:15 (C Kaman 5, C Maggette 4, B Simmons 2, L Chalmers 2, R Brunson, Q Ross). Steals: 6 (B Simmons 3, C Maggette 2, R Brunson). UTAH (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 29 5-9 0-0 1-7 1 1 10 A Kirilenko 36 3-9 4-4 1-3 6 2 11 J Collins 24 4-5 0-0 2-5 0 4 8 K McLeod 35 3-11 12-14 0-4 8 2 18 R Bell 29 6-8 2-2 1-5 1 3 14 M Okur 30 3-11 5-5 1-1 1 4 11 K Humphries 22 4-11 0-0 5-12 1 4 8 K Snyder 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 H Eisley 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 C Borchardt 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 G Giricek 12 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 7 C Boozer DNP - STRAINED RIGHT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 23-25 12-39 20 25 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.920. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (A Kirilenko 1-3, K McLeod 0-1, M Okur 0-1, G Giricek 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (A Kirilenko 2, J Collins, K McLeod, K Humphries). Turnovers:14 (R Bell 3, M Okur 3, M Harpring 2, K McLeod 2, A Kirilenko, C Borchardt, G Giricek, K Humphries). Steals: 7 (A Kirilenko 4, R Bell, K McLeod, G Giricek). ------------------------------------------- LA CLIPPERS 20 24 23 19 - 86 UTAH 20 23 23 21 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,565. T: 2:14. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Michael Smith.


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (86) AT UTAH (87) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 37 6-17 3-3 0 1 1 1 4 3 2 17 E BRAND F 33 4-13 2-3 7 1 8 3 4 0 0 10 C KAMAN C 31 3-8 1-2 3 2 5 1 3 0 5 7 R BRUNSON G 31 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 3 1 1 8 C MAGGETTE G 38 3-8 10-10 1 4 5 1 2 2 4 16 M MOORE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 C WILCOX 4 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 Z REBRACA 26 4-5 4-5 2 5 7 2 4 0 0 12 L CHALMERS 17 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 8 Q ROSS 21 3-6 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 0 1 8 M JARIC DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT FOO TOTALS 240 30-70 24-27 14 20 34 16 25 6 15 86 (.429) (.889) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (21 PTS) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 29 5-9 0-0 1 6 7 1 1 0 2 10 A KIRILENKO F 36 3-9 4-4 1 2 3 6 2 4 1 11 J COLLINS C 24 4-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 8 K MCLEOD G 35 3-11 12-14 0 4 4 8 2 1 2 18 R BELL G 29 6-8 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 3 14 M OKUR 30 3-11 5-5 1 0 1 1 4 0 3 11 K HUMPHRIES 22 4-11 0-0 5 7 12 1 4 0 1 8 K SNYDER 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 H EISLEY 13 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 C BORCHARDT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 G GIRICEK 12 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 7 C BOOZER DNP - STRAINED RIGHT FOOT TOTALS 240 31-71 23-25 12 27 39 20 25 7 14 87 (.437) (.920) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15 (10 PTS) LA CLIPPERS 20 24 23 19 - 86 UTAH 20 23 23 21 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - C KAMAN 3, E BRAND 2, Z REBRACA, Q ROSS. UTAH - A KIRILENKO 2, J COLLINS, K MCLEOD, K HUMPHRIES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 2-2 (1.000), B SIMMONS 2-2. UTAH 2- 6 (.333), A KIRILENKO 1-3, K MCLEOD 0-1, M OKUR 0-1, G GIRICEK 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DAVID JONES, MICHAEL SMITH. A - 18,565. T - 2:14.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Bobby Simmons made the difficult shots down the stretch to give the Los Angeles Clippers a chance. When presented an easy one for the win, he could not get it done. Moments after making a long 3-pointer to trim the deficit to one, Simmons missed an open layup at the buzzer, enabling the Utah Jazz post an 87-86 victory over the Clippers. Jazz guard Keith McLeod matched a career high with 18 points, making his first 12 free throws. But he missed his last two foul shots with six seconds left, giving Los Angeles a chance to get a rare win in Utah. Simmons, who hit a long jumper to give the Clippers their last lead with just under three minutes left, managed to get free and took a pass under the hoop. He rushed his layup try just enough for it to fall off the rim as time expired. "I was just a little bit too far under the basket to dunk it or anything like that," Simmons said. "I just tried to put it in as soft as I could off the glass, and it rolled back out. I wish it would've went in. It would've been great for our team and for the guys." Led by McLeod's effort from the line, the Jazz made their first 23 free throws. The Utah guard was very close to being the goat, however, after his misses in the end. "I just wanted to get a stop and I was hoping the clock ran out," McLeod said. "I think if they would have made that shot, I would have gone crazy." "I knew I hadn't missed all night, but I don't know why I missed those two. I shouldn't have missed them," McLeod said. "In college and everything, in that type of situation I've been the guy that makes those. That was kind of a self-disappointment. But we won, so that almost balances it out." Los Angeles has lost nine road games in a row and fell to 1-27 at the Delta Center. "It's very hard to swallow," said Clippers forward Elton Brand, who was held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting but had seven offensive rebounds. "We had a shot, we just missed a layup. We executed how we wanted to down at the end, they missed both free throws, and we had a chance." The Clippers lost the final eight games of a league-high nine-game road trip, returned home for a pair of wins, but lost any momentum built in this one. "I'm getting tired of them (road losses)," said Corey Maggette, who scored 16 points. "All of these road games we've lost have come down to missing opportunities we shouldn't. It's those little plays here and there that cost us the game. Hopefully we can try to buckle down." It marked Los Angeles' second close road loss to the Jazz this season, previously dropping a 93-91 decision in December. "It's frustrating. I'm 0-4 here, I can't really account for what happened (in past years)," Brand said. "We just want to play hard and get a win here. But it's tough, they play well here." By holding off the Clippers, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan moved into seventh place on the NBA's all-time list with 937 victories and led his club to back-to-back wins for just the second time since mid-November. "Hopefully this teaches us that in order to have a chance to win, you've got to execute, and you have to be determined to execute," Sloan said. "You have to play with some sort of team concept, and I've been real pleased with that the last couple of games." The Jazz held a nine-point lead in the first quarter and the Clippers a six-point edge in the second, but the rest of the game remained tight. After Simmons' jumper at the 2:51 mark of the fourth gave Los Angeles an 81-80 lead, McLeod assisted on Raja Bell's 21-footer that gave Utah the lead for good. Over two minutes of scoreless basketball, McLeod penetrated and dished to Mehmet Okur, who converted a three-point play for an 85-81 lead with 21 seconds left. McLeod, who has all but secured the starting point guard position now that Raul Lopez is out for the year, set career highs in both free throws and attempts. "Keith's going to compete, I'll tell you that. I don't have any doubts about that," Sloan said. "That's what we like about him. He's getting better in trying to understand what we're doing with the ball in our offense. We've put him in a lot of tough situations down the stretch that hopefully will give him some great experience to allow him to expand his game." Maggette's jumper and Simmons' 3-pointer sandwiched a pair of free throws by McLeod for the final margin. The Clippers nearly matched the Jazz on the line, finishing 24-of-27 (89 percent).


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