Jazz 99, Clippers 91

Marvin Williams sat in front of his locker with a bag of ice on

covering his right hand.

Teammates joked that he just needed to cool off after scoring 18

points to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-91 on

Saturday night.

”No, it’s not that,” Williams smiled. ”I just jammed my

pinkie finger in the third quarter, but nothing serious.”

The Jazz traded Devin Harris for Williams in the offseason

hoping for a reliable spot-up shooter to take the pressure off the

Utah post players. Williams made 3-of-4 from 3-point range and

added eight rebounds and four steals for the Jazz.

”He makes shots,” Utah coach Ty Corbin said. ”He’s a willing

and capable shooter so we’ll look to get him the ball in the right

situations.”

The Jazz starters played extensive minutes and all five had

reached double figures in scoring before the Clippers mounted a

fourth-quarter comeback.

”There were times when we were hitting on all cylinders,

looking pretty good and other times, I thought, `Holy Cow, we got a

lot to work on,”’ said Gordon Hayward, who had 13 points.

Mo Williams was fouled behind the arc just before the end of the

third quarter and made all three free throws to give Utah an 80-65

advantage. Mo Williams, who played with the Clippers last season,

finished with 10 points and eight assists.

DeAndre Jordan slammed home a Chris Paul miss to trim Utah’s

lead to 87-80 with 5:35 to play as the Jazz featured their reserves

in the fourth period. But Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors made big

baskets to hold off Los Angeles.

Matt Barnes scored 22 points while Paul had 17 points and eight

assists for the Clippers, who rested three starters.

”I haven’t played with a point guard like Chris since I played

with Steve Nash. So it’s good to be able to run hard and get

rewarded at the same time,” Barnes said.

In his most extensive action of the preseason, Paul looked more

comfortable handling the ball with the thumb brace he has used

since surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on Aug.

21.

In the closing moments, Darnell Jackson took exception to

Clippers players pawing at the ball while he was trying to run out

the clock. The journeyman was ejected for throwing an elbow with

3.7 seconds to play.

”It’s a man’s sport. It gets physical now and then,” Jackson

said.

It’s especially physical between these two teams. The Clippers

defeated the Jazz 96-94 on Wednesday.

”Man, I don’t why it’s so intense. Maybe because we’ve seen

each other so much lately,” said Alec Burks, who scored 8 of his

10 points in the final period.

Starters Blake Griffin, Willie Green, and Caron Butler joined

injured players Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill and Lamar Odom as

Clipper regulars who sat out the preseason contest.

Eric Bledsoe had 14 points and Jordan had 13 for the Clippers,

who shot 51.5 percent.

But the Jazz outrebounded the Clippers 50-35, including an 18-4

advantage on the offensive boards, and consistently beat them to

loose balls on their way to 13 steals.

Paul Millsap had 12 points and nine rebounds and Al Jefferson

and added 10 each as the Jazz followed a regular season type of

rotation until the fourth quarter.