Utah 106, Los Angeles 98
Game 47: Tuesday at the Delta Center... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Clippers 20 36 14 28 - 98
Jazz 30 26 31 19 - 106
1st quarter: Utah goes on a 10-0 early run to take a 12-2 lead and the Jazz stay ahead by a similar margin the rest of the quarter. Adam Keefe leads the way with eight points and five rebounds.
2nd quarter: Clippers rally to knot the game at 40-40. L.A. takes a brief lead before settling for a halftime tie. Lamond Murray and Eric Piatkowski combine for 19 points.
3rd quarter: Karl Malone and Jeff Hornacek spark a Jazz rally. Malone scores 13 with six boards, while Hornacek - on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 1-of-1 from the line - nets a dozen.
4th quarter: Utah gets sloppy again and the Clippers cut the lead down to seven, but Jazz hold on for the victory.
Who's hot: Malone, who sat out the entire fourth quarter, finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds - both game highs. He also dished out five assists with two steals and a blocked shot.
Key to the game: Utah came out smoking in the third quarter, going on a 13-2 run to open the period.
Records: Jazz 32-15; Clippers 11-38
Quotable: "If they played everybody like they play us, they'd have a better record. Maybe we bring the best out in them." - Karl Malone.
Notable: Clipper rookie Maurice Taylor, who scored 12 points with seven rebounds off the bench against the Jazz last week, sat out with a sore right knee on Tuesday . . . Greg Ostertag's second quarter tip in was his first field goal in three games. He finished with four points (2-of-7 shooting) and 12 rebounds with three blocked shots . . . The Jazz improved to 6-10 against Pacific Division teams this season - with five of the wins coming at the expense of the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. Utah has now beaten the Clips 17 consecutive times in Salt Lake City during the regular season, including 13 in a row in the Delta Center. Counting five playoff wins, the Jazz have 22 straight victories at home over the Clippers.
Next Up: Boston vs. Jazz, Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Delta Center.