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Jazz Get Clipped By L.A.

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After the huge win on Saturday night against the Houston Rockets, the Jazz came into last nights’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers a bit lackluster. Right out of the starting gate they seem to falter and played from behind for almost the entire game. L.A.’s Baron Davis and Chris Kamen had big outings which kept their team in the lead for the entire game. Deron Williams had a monster game against the Rockets but even though he ended up with another double-double against L.A., he missed numerous shots including two critical free throws during the last seconds of the game which could have put them into overtime play. Viewers could sense his frustration as he felt he was fouled repeatedly with no call issued.
The Jazz went on a 22-8 run late in the fourth quarter but to no avail. Too little, too late.
It’s no secret that free throws can make or break a game and in last nights game, it was the X factor in the 104-108 loss. The jazz shot only 77% from the charity line while the Clippers put down a very respectable 91% of their shots.
Utah has already slipped from 3rd to 4th place in the Western Conference standings and are now threatened by Phoenix who is only 1 game behind them. They will have to battle the Suns on Thursday night and hopefully we’ll see a Jazz team with more focus and precision on that night.