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Instant observations to a 101-97 Jazz loss to the Los Angeles Clippers

By Jon Oglesby | Posted - Dec. 30, 2014 at 6:20 a.m.



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LOS ANGELES — With Monday's 101-97 win, the Los Angeles Clippers have beaten the Utah Jazz 12 straight times.

Whereas Utah formerly dominated the matchup, the Clippers have become Utah’s new Southern California nemesis and are a good measuring stick for the team.

Utah’s loss featured several instant observations.

Jazz still owned the paint ---------------------------

Despite losing the game, Utah outscored Los Angeles 44-18 in the paint, meaning the team is getting higher-quality shots. Even in the new era of metrics, it is tough to convince anyone points in the paint aren’t more valuable than a jump shot.

Slow start undermines Utah

The Jazz trailed the Clippers 25-18 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored Los Angeles by three the rest of the way. Again, poor first quarters by Utah explains several losses.

Clippers win shooting-guard battle

With Alec Burks not playing for the Jazz, backup Rodney Hood scored nine points and made 2-of-6 shots. However, Los Angeles shooting guard J.J. Redick scored 17 points and made 6-of-13 shots.

Jon Oglesby

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