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The Utah Jazz have simply dominated the Los Angeles Clippers this season.

They'll try to do it for a third time and hand the Clippers another loss in Salt Lake City when the teams meet Tuesday night.

Utah (20-8) has cruised to two wins over Los Angeles (11-15) by an average of 20.5 points, scoring an average of 58.5 points in the second half. The Jazz have shot better than 51 percent in both meetings.

The Clippers fell to 1-29 all-time at the EnergySolutions Arena - formerly the Delta Center - with a 112-90 loss on Nov. 14 in the first meeting. Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Matt Harpring added 22 for Utah.

The Jazz had two different leading scorers in a 105-86 road victory over the Clippers on Dec. 13. Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams each scored 28 points and Williams had 14 of the Jazz's 30 assists.

Led by Boozer's play inside, Utah has outscored Los Angeles in the paint by 20 points in each meeting.

``We just got beasted in the paint,'' said Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy after the last meeting. ``They're big and strong at every position, and they out-toughed us. That makes them kind of special.''

The Jazz completed a 3-2 road trip Saturday with a 100-97 victory at Memphis. Williams found Okur for a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left after Utah trailed for most of the fourth quarter.

``He's hit a ton of those, and I don't have a problem with him shooting them,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said of Okur. ``I like it wherever he shoots from, but Deron was the one who found him open.''

Boozer led the Jazz with 24 points and 11 rebounds, Okur added 20 points and Williams finished with 17 points and nine assists.

Los Angeles won for just the second time in 11 road games with a 98-93 victory at Houston on Saturday.

The Clippers ended a six-game losing streak as they matched a season high with seven 3-pointers - four from Tim Thomas and three from Cuttino Mobley. Los Angeles is one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league at 30.7 percent and has made an NBA-low 74 for the season.

``We are working as a team,'' Mobley said. ``We have guys to stretch the defense and that can hit the open shots.''

Sam Cassell played eight scoreless minutes before he sat out the entire second half with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a problem that has hampered him in recent weeks. His status is uncertain for Tuesday.


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