Ostertag had a season-high 18 points to help the Jazz snap a
five-game losing streak with a 98-93 victory over the Los Angeles
Clippers on Monday night.
"Greg played well. I'm really proud of our players tonight. I
thought they played hard," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "Some of
the mistakes we made were probably because of the fact they wanted
to win so badly."
Ostertag also had 14 rebounds and blocked five shots.
"We played tough right from the start," he said. "The big
thing is that we helped each other defensively and when they did
make tough shots, we didn't let it get us down."
The Jazz weren't exactly running plays for the defensive-minded
center, but he made his own luck by grabbing eight offensive
"I was in the right places at the right times," Ostertag said.
Carlos Arroyo scored 20 points for Utah and made all nine of his
free throws, including seven in the fourth quarter. But he said the
game was won on the defensive end.
"We made it happen by getting defensive stops. We stepped up
the fourth quarter," Arroyo said.
"Ostertag hurt us a great deal," Los Angeles coach Mike
Dunleavy said. "When he plays well, they're a very good team. He
clogs the middle, blocks shots, and eight offensive rebounds is
hard to survive."
Andrei Kirilenko returned from a sprained right ankle to score
13 points to help the Jazz -- who dressed just nine players -- get
back to .500 and avoid their worst losing streak in four years.
"To have everything go good when I came back, it was nice.
Everybody played with a little more emotion, and everyone played
better than the last four games when I was out," said Kirilenko,
who said his ankle still hurts and limited his lateral movement.
"We played with enough intensity to win on the road, but we
have to give Utah some credit. They hit some big shots," Brand
Eddie House scored 15 points in just seven minutes as Los
Angeles attempted to rally, but it fell short, dropping the
Clippers record in the Delta Center to 1-25.
The Clippers beat the Jazz 93-82 in Los Angeles on Friday.
"I gathered our guys together and told them how much we needed
this game. I said, 'Let's not throw this away," Arroyo said.
^Notes:@ Los Angeles' Brand and Marko Jaric each got technicals for
arguing with the officials late in the second quarter, enabling the
Jazz to take a 44-42 halftime lead. Jaric got another technical
with 9:11 to play and was ejected after jawing with Utah's Raja
Bell, who also received a technical.