Utah Jazz: Rough first half for Jazz vs. Clippers

Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 9:45 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES — The Utah Jazz are off to a rough start at Staples Center.

The best news from the first half is that the Los Angeles Clippers only completed one of their trademark alley-oop Lob City dunks while taking a 57-45 halftime advantage.

The fact the Jazz are only trailing by a dozen points is rather remarkable considering the Clippers went 9 for 13 from 3-point land and shot 55.3 percent in the first half.

Utah, meanwhile, only shot 44.7 percent but managed to trim seven points off the Clippers' 19-point lead.

Chris Paul leads L.A. with 12 points, Randy Foye has 10 and Caron Butler and Blake Griffin each have eight points.

Al Jefferson (12 points) and Gordon Hayward (10) have been bright spots for the Jazz, who are obviously tired after playing a total of 19 games in the month of March.

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