Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Tuesday, November 26th
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Clippers94
Game 2: Wednesday, January 22nd
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Jazz89
Game 3: Saturday, March 22nd
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Game 4: Tuesday, April 1st
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Clippers 73

(22-47, 9-25 away)

Jazz 88

 

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, March 22, 2003

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 13 13 13 3473
    UTAH 20 25 21 2288

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: M. Jaric 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Utah: J. Stockton 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 4 Stl

    Keystone Clips shoot just 26.3 percent

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers couldn't shoot straight, and even when they did Andrei Kirilenko was there to block it.

    Kirilenko
    Kirilenko

    Kirilenko had 17 points and six blocked shots as the Utah Jazz held the Clippers to the lowest field goal percentage in franchise history in an 88-73 victory Saturday night.

    Even though the Clippers shot 10-of-21 in the fourth quarter during garbage time, they finished 21-of-80 overall -- 26.3 percent. The previous franchise low was 26.8 percent against Houston on Feb. 28, 2000.

    "We played pretty good defense. We made sure they didn't get too many easy shots,'' Kirilenko said.

    The Clippers missed even the easy ones.

    "They rely on a lot of pick-and-rolls and one-on-ones and we did an excellent job of attacking that and disrupting them. Then they just took quick shots,'' said Calbert Cheaney, who had 11 points for Utah.

    Matt Harpring scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Karl Malone added 13 points as the Jazz won their third in a row.

    "There was no rhythm in this game. The key is that we didn't let them get going and make a comeback,'' Harpring said.

    Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 13 points while Wang ZhiZhi followed his career-high 21 points on Wednesday with 12 points in his first start at center.

    In the last meeting between the teams, the Clippers ended a 26-game losing streak in Utah that dated to April 18, 1989. The Jazz made certain it wouldn't happen again by leading the entire way and pushing their lead to as high as 31 points.

    "There were spells where we did what we needed to to get the 30-point lead. We took advantage of the situation,'' John Stockton said of his team's 58-28 advantage when he sat for good with 6:24 left in the third quarter.

    Stockton played only 22 minutes but still collected 12 assists and nine points.

    The Clippers looked disinterested and played selfishly. Los Angeles had only three assists in the first three quarters and finished with 10.

    "That was just a bad game. I would have been (upset) if the game had been closer and we played like that,'' Clippers coach Dennis Johnson said.

    With the win, Utah moved past the Los Angeles Lakers by one-half game for sixth place in the Western Conference.

    "We want to move up in the playoff race and the only way to do that is win ballgames. When we execute like that we can be a pretty good team,'' Stockton said.

    Meanwhile, the Clippers have rarely looked worse.

    "I'm trying to teach them as much as I can but I still haven't had practice time yet. But I will not let them play bad. I will not let them quit,'' Johnson said.

    Game notes


    With an injured list that includes starters Michael Olowokandi and Elton Brand, Clippers players have missed 247 games due to injury -- the most ever for the club. ... Dennis Johnson fell to 3-8 since taking over for Alvin Gentry as L.A.'s head coach. ... Matt Harpring took a hard shot to his bruised ribs in the third quarter but continued play, wincing.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    UTAH
    Points 73 88
    FGM-FGA 21-80 (.263) 32-64 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 3-6 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 29-33 (.879) 21-24 (.875)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-41 9-44
    Assists 10 28
    Turnovers 16 24
    Steals 15 10
    Blocks 4 12
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Utah
    Marko Jaric Jaric
    Points: 11
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 1
    John Stockton Stockton
    Points: 9
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0