Clippers lose 11th straight


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jerry Sloan and Mike Dunleavy have coached
teams to the NBA finals, and both feel their players deserve equal
respect from the officials.

The major difference is, Sloan has gone to the playoffs in each
of the previous 20 years with the Utah Jazz, and Dunleavy's last
two jobs have been with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles

Dunleavy was incensed about a call in the third quarter that
went against Clippers forward Elton Brand, and got ejected before
the Jazz pounded out a 97-92 victory Sunday night -- sending Los
Angeles to its 11th straight loss.

"That was definitely a badly officiated game," Brand said.
"Some of the calls were terrible. Coach was trying to get us some
calls and get us respect out there, and he got tossed.

"It's very frustrating. Nobody's perfect, but it's just not
right. I know teams have playoff implications right now and we
don't, but it just seems like something's bogus -- and we should be
able to say something."

Andrei Kirilenko scored 18 points and Carlos Arroyo got nine of
his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who tied Denver
for the eighth and final Western Conference berth -- a half-game
behind Portland. The Trail Blazers have a game in hand on the Jazz
and the Nuggets, who have five to play.

"I think this playoff race is helping our team improve,"
Kirilenko said. "Our team is very young and we've been getting
tired, but we just have to play through it."

Corey Maggette scored 26 points and reserve center Predrag
Drobnjak added 18 for the Clippers, who have lost 19 of 21 overall
-- and 20 of their last 22 against Utah. Keyon Dooling also had 18
points and Brand had 15 points and just three rebounds during a
foul-plagued 36 minutes.

Dunleavy, who guided the Lakers to the finals in 1991 as a
rookie head coach, was ejected for the second time in four games.
He got two technical fouls from referee Tony Brothers with 5:23 in
the third quarter and the Clippers trailing 57-50.

Fifteen seconds earlier, Brand went to the bench with his fourth
foul despite pulling up and letting Maurice Williams drive down the
lane without contact. Gordan Giricek made two free throws following
Dunleavy's ejection, increasing Utah's lead to nine points.

"Obviously, I wasn't happy with the officiating at that point,
so I thought it was worthy of getting a technical," Dunleavy said.
"Usually, they hit you with one and let you say a little bit more.
But he didn't. That's his prerogative."

Drobnjak scored six points in a 1{-minute span early in the
fourth period to pull the Clippers within 70-68. But that was as
close as they got. Arroyo hit a pair of 14-foot jumpers 41 seconds
apart during a 12-0 run that extended Utah's margin to 83-69 with
five minutes remaining.

Down by as many as 12 points late in the first half, the Jazz
took the lead for the first time since the opening basket on Mikki
Moore's slam dunk for a 45-44 edge with 8:52 left in the third

"It was just a poor performance by us in the second half,"
Dunleavy said. "They came out more aggressive than we did and they
killed us on the offensive glass. We didn't do a good job
defensively, as far as applying pressure."

The Clippers led 40-34 at halftime. All 12 players who dressed
for the Jazz saw action in the first half, and none had more than
six points. Raja Bell, who scored a career-high 26 points against
the Lakers the last time he was at Staples Center, missed six of
his first seven shots and finished 4-for-12 with 13 points.<
^Notes: The Jazz will host Memphis on Monday night in a game
rescheduled from Jan. 7. The Grizzlies couldn't make it into Salt
Lake City for the game because severe weather conditions prevented
them from flying out of Portland. ... The Clippers have had 15
double-digit losing streaks since moving to Los Angeles in 1984.
... The Jazz won the season series 3-1. The Clippers have not won a
season series from the Jazz since 1985-86. ... Maggette has made
448 field goals this season and a league-leading 515 free throws.
The only Clipper who has gone an entire season in Los Angeles with
more free throws than field goals was Cedric Maxwell in 1985-86
(447-314 in 76 games). ... The Jazz outrebounded the Clippers