LOS ANGELES Deron Williams had 18 points and 13 assists, and six of his teammates also scored in double figures as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-93 on Monday.
Matt Harpring scored 17 points for the Jazz, who have won eight of 10 after losing 11 of their previous 14 games. Harpring shot 7-for-10 in a season-high 27 minutes. It was his first game since team orthopedic specialist Dr. Lyle Mason lifted the ban that limited Harpring's minutes from 16 to 18 per game. The 10-year veteran missed the entire preseason after undergoing surgery on his right knee for the third time in his career.
Corey Maggette scored 23 points for Los Angeles and Chris Kaman added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Clippers, who beat New Jersey 120-107 in overtime Saturday night, haven't won consecutive games since starting the season 4-0. They are 8-25 since then.
Rookie Al Thornton hit a 3-pointer with 4:17 left in the third quarter, capping a 12-2 run that sliced Utah's 14-point lead to 66-62. That
was as close as the Clippers got the rest of the way. The Jazz regained their double-digit lead in the final minute of the quarter on Matt Harpring's layup.
The Jazz were never seriously threatened in the fourth. After Cuttino Mobley's 3-pointer and Thornton's two free throws put Los Angeles within nine with 9:04 to play, the Jazz responded with a 20-6 run that opened up a 107-84 cushion with 2:24 left.
The Jazz, who came in with the league's second-best field goal percentage (48.9), shot 59.3 percent from the field in the first half and led 54-43 at intermission. They did it for the most part without Andrei Kirilenko, who got into early foul trouble and picked up his third with 9:28 left in the second quarter.
Kirilenko, who went to the bench for good after getting his fourth foul 7:46 left in the third , did not attempt a field goal during his 9 1/2 minutes on the court. It was the first time this season that he played in a game without taking a shot.
Notes: The Clippers, who built a 35-point lead against the Jazz the last time they hosted them on March 23 in a 104-72 victory, never led by more than two in this one. ... Each team had eight turnovers in the first quarter. The Clippers finished with 20 and the Jazz had 19. ... Utah reserve G Jason Hart, who played 32 games for the Clippers last season after getting picked up on waivers from Sacramento in March, played seven scoreless minutes. ... The Jazz are 5-1 since C Mehmet Okur returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a strained left trapezius. ... Utah, 15-4 when shooting at least 50 percent, finished at 57.0 percent.