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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.
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.
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.
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.