After blowing out the Los Angeles Clippers at home in their last game, the Utah Jazz hope they can duplicate that success at Staples Center when the teams meet again Monday.
Utah (23-18) beat the Clippers in Salt Lake City 106-88 on Friday. Seven Jazz players scored in double figures, led by Carlos Boozer, who had 19 points and added 10 rebounds. Deron Williams added 15 points and six assists for Utah, which scored 22 points off 14 Clippers turnovers.
The Jazz led by 14 at halftime, then pushed the lead to 21 late in the third quarter.
"We know their stuff pretty well and we let them get easy scores. We were not sharp mentally," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "It was like we didn't even have a shootaround today."
Corey Maggette had 20 points for Los Angeles while Chris Kaman added 16 points and 16 rebounds, but the Clippers were outrebounded 43-34.
The win was Utah's fifth in six games. The only loss during that stretch came in its one road game, a 120-109 defeat to Denver on Thursday.
One the NBA's best home teams at 17-3, the Jazz have struggled badly away from Salt Lake, losing four straight to fall to 6-15 on the road. Opponents are averaging just 94.3 points against Utah at home, but 106.0 on the road.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he's frustrated by the discrepancy.
"Somewhere there has to be a passion to play this game on the road. If it's a job for you, why do it?," he said. "I know it's corny, but it's really been kind of disheartening to see us play on the road the way we have."
Utah's last four road opponents have averaged 112.5 points against them. The Jazz lost by 11 points or more in three of those games, but Williams thinks they can end their struggles away from EnergySolutions Arena soon.
"I think we still have a long time to play. It's not time to panic or anything, but we've definitely got to (win) on the road," he said. "On the road, we just don't have it."
They haven't had it against the Clippers at Staples of late. Utah is 1-5 in its last six road meetings with Los Angeles, although the Jazz have won four of the last five overall matchups.
The Clippers (12-24) bounced back from their ugly loss to the Jazz with a 120-107 overtime win over New Jersey on Saturday. Maggette had 31 points and Al Thornton scored 15 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Clippers, who shot 48.3 percent from the field.
After New Jersey sent the game to the extra period on Jason Kidd's 3-pointer with six seconds remaining, Los Angeles went on an 8-0 run to start overtime and was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:08.
"They hit those three shots at the end of regulation, but we put it to them in overtime," Kaman said.
The Clippers are looking to win consecutive games for the first time since opening the season 4-0.
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