Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Friday, December 5th
Game 2: Friday, January 23rd
Game 3: Monday, January 26th
Game 4: Sunday, April 4th

Jazz 82


Clippers 93

(18-22, 14-11 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, January 23, 2004

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 25 18 22 1782
    LAC 32 13 28 2093

    Top Performers

    Utah: G. Ostertag 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk

    Los Angeles: Q. Richardson 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    14 of Clips' next 16 games away from L.A.

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Greg Ostertag gave the Utah Jazz some needed scoring -- and a lot of emotion.

    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 rebounds.

    "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.

    Elton Brand led the Clippers with 18 points, and Corey Maggette added 15 before fouling out with 6:55 to play.

    "We played with enough intensity to win on the road, but we have to give Utah some credit. They hit some big shots," Brand said.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 93
    FGM-FGA 33-86 (.384) 29-61 (.475)
    3PM-3PA 1-8 (.125) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 29-40 (.725)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 21-45 10-41
    Assists 16 20
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 3 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 26 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Greg Ostertag Ostertag
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Quentin Richardson Richardson
    Points: 29
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0