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Utah Jazz falter in second half, lose to Los Angeles Clippers

Published: Friday, Dec. 28 2012 9:55 p.m. MST

Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin calls a play in NBA action in Salt Lake City  Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin calls a play in NBA action in Salt Lake City Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (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.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) play against the Jazz in NBA action in Salt Lake City  Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) play against the Jazz in NBA action in Salt Lake City Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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