Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Friday, November 23rd
Game 2: Friday, December 7th
Game 3: Saturday, March 30th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 3rd

Jazz 102


Clippers 86

(9-10, 9-5 home)

Coverage: FSRM

7:30 PM ET, December 7, 2001

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
UTAH 20 22 27 33102
LAC 23 19 25 1986

Top Performers

Utah: K. Malone 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast

Los Angeles: E. Brand 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast

Marshall scores 13 of his 29 in fourth quarter

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Utah Jazz may be off to their worst start of the John Stockton-Karl Malone era, but they haven't forgotten how to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.


Malone had 29 points and Donyell Marshall scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter Friday night as the Jazz beat the Clippers for the 12th straight time, 102-86.

The Jazz recorded consecutive victories for the first time this season. They hadn't taken this long to win back-to-back games since 1979-80, their first season in Utah, when they needed 23 games to do it.

"It may feel strange, but it feels better than the alternative at this point," Stockton said.

Malone shot 10-for-16 and made nine of 10 free throws before hyperextending his right knee with 6:12 remaining. The NBA's career leader in free throws made, Malone will break Wilt Chamberlain's league record for attempts from the line with 16 more.

Elton Brand, whose season-high 28 points at Delta Center on Nov. 23 couldn't prevent the Clippers' 25th consecutive loss at Utah, had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff McInnis had 14 points on 7-for-19 shooting -- the fifth time this season he has missed 10 or more shots.

"He's got to take those shots. I think you hurt the team just as much if you don't take those shots," Gentry said.

Marshall, who entered with a league-leading .594 field goal percentage, showed no effects from a mild groin strain that sidelined him for two games. He had a dunk and a driving layup during a 14-3 run that opened the fourth quarter and gave the Jazz an 83-70 lead with 8:26 remaining.

The Jazz, who entered the game averaging a league-leading 18.3 turnovers, committed only 11 for the second straight game.

"We're starting now to come down the court, thinking about what we need to do -- instead of coming down and just making boneheaded plays," Marshall said. "That's what we were doing at the beginning of the season. Now we're making a conscious effort to get the ball to the guy who is open."

"We know that if we can continue to play as a team and help each other on defense, we'll have a lot of success."

The Clippers, who missed their first six shots of the final period, got no closer. McInnis' 12-footer was their only field goal during the first seven minutes of the quarter.

"It was one of those deals where, in order for us to stay in that game, we had to keep the pressure on offensively. But we just didn't shoot the ball well and didn't execute very well," Gentry said. "And for the first time, I thought we got outhustled on some plays."

McInnis missed nine of his first 10 shots before making a short running jumper with 19 seconds left in the first half to tie the score at 42.

"He does get discouraged, but we tell him not to," Brand said. "We know Jeff is going to make shots and they're eventually going to fall. Even if he's 1-for-10, we encourage him to keep shooting. I personally encouraged him to keep shooting because his man was coming off him and I know he can hit those."

The Jazz, who overcame a 12-point deficit to beat the Clippers on Nov. 23 at Utah, fell behind by as many as 10 in the second quarter before pulling ahead 37-35 with a 16-4 run. Marshall's 12-footer capped the rally with 3:47 left in the half.

The Clippers have had losing streaks of a dozen or more games against nine other teams since the franchise moved to Los Angeles after the 1993-94 season -- including an active 15-game drought against San Antonio. Their longest skid against one team is 17 games -- against Portland from Apr. 10, 1986 through Mar. 2, 1989.

Game notes
Clippers guard Eric Piatkowski sat out his third straight game because of a strained right hip flexor. ... Stockton, the NBA's career assists leader, is averaging 8.8 assists through the first 19 games. The last time he averaged fewer than 11 assists in a season was 1986-87 (7.9). ... ... Utah's next two victories will give coach Jerry Sloan 700 regular-season wins with the Jazz. ... Utah shot 41 percent, ending a streak of four straight Clippers opponents that have shot less than 40 percent from the field. ... Keith McLaren, whose son is the official scorer at Clippers home games, was the only scoreboard operator the Jazz ever had in Utah until his death on June 19. To honor his dad, Kent McLaren displays an 8X10 photo of the two of them working a Clippers game at Anaheim in 1999.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 102 86
FGM-FGA 34-83 (.410) 32-77 (.416)
3PM-3PA 3-15 (.200) 1-8 (.125)
FTM-FTA 31-42 (.738) 21-35 (.600)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-47 17-49
Assists 30 22
Turnovers 11 20
Steals 5 5
Blocks 4 8
Fast Break Points 4 4
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 31 (2/0)

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Karl Malone Malone
Points: 29
Reb: 8
Ast: 7
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Elton Brand Brand
Points: 25
Reb: 10
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 0