Utah Jazz falter in second half, lose to Los Angeles Clippers
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Utah Jazz blew a 19-point second-half lead as they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 116-114 at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday night.
Clippers guard Chris Paul made two free throws with 3.4 seconds left after Jazz center Al Jefferson was called for a reach-in foul near the three-point line. Jazz guard Randy Foye shot a desperation three-pointer as time expired, making contact with the Clippers' Matt Barnes, but no foul was called.
The win was the Clippers' 16th in a row, including a previous win in Salt Lake City when guard Chauncey Billups made game-winning free throws after a foul that was later penalized as a flop by the NBA.
The Jazz led 74-55 with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter, but Paul led the Clippers on a huge comeback. Paul finished with 29 points and six assists.
Foye led the Jazz with 28 points. Jefferson added 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
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