Brand Comes Up Big in OT For Surging Clips
Los Angeles 102, Utah 93
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (Ticker) -- The Los Angles Clippers lost a big lead because of their poor shooting from the floor in the fourth quarter. They made up for it by not missing in overtime.
Elton Brand scored eight of his 35 points in the extra session and added 14 rebounds and seven blocks as the Clippers won their third straight game, posting 102-93 triumph over Utah Jazz.
"The thing that got me upset with our team was the mistakes we made should never have been made," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "There were clear-cut coverages that we blew that allowed them to have opportunities to score."
Then it was the Jazz's turn, building an 81-76 advantage before allowing the Clippers to rally to force overtime. Los Angeles took that momentum into the extra period, when it made all five of its shots from the floor.
"I felt in great rhythm and I didn't want to let (the team) down," Brand said. "We stepped up and won two in a row at home and I wanted to get that to three. I didn't want to let anybody down."
Andrei Kirilenko, who collected 17 points and 12 rebounds, had a chance to win it in regulation for the Jazz, but his short baseline jumper was off the mark.
"It was an OK shot," said Jazz guard Gordan Giricek, who scored 17 points. "He could have made it. He tried his best but couldn't get it to go. Time was running out and his back was up against the wall."
Brand, who missed the previous two games with a bruised hip and was questionable for this contest, led the charge as he outscored the Jazz, 6-2, to open overtime.
"My hip is not bad but it's not good, either. But I am definitely going to keep playing," Brand said. "I got to rest it while the team was beating a couple of sub-.500 teams."
Despite being hampered by a hamstring problem, Sam Cassell added four of his 25 points in overtime to help the Clippers record their first three-game home winning streak over the Jazz since moving here 22 years ago.
"Lots of guys don't want the ball in the fourth quarter in the last three minutes of the game," Cassell said. "I think that is the easiest time of the game to get the ball. So I try and get the ball and do the things I can do."
Mehmet Okur scored 19 points before fouling out with 1:35 left for Utah, which rebounded pooryl at the end of regulation and shot just 1-of-9 in overtime.
"I understand guys missing shots and that sort of thing," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "But I don't understand not being able to block them off the boards and give them second shots right when we're trying to win a ballgame."