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Clippers hand Jazz first home NBA loss
06:13 AEST Wed Dec 5 2012

Chris Paul hit the tie-breaking layup with 39.9 seconds left to play and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to hand the Utah Jazz their first home loss of the season, 105-104 on Monday night.

Blake Griffin had a season-high 30 points with 11 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 20 while Paul finished with 14 points and nine assists for the Clippers (11-6), who have won three in a row to retake the NBA's Pacific Division lead.

Mo Williams had 20 points with 10 assists while Randy Foye scored 19 for Utah (8-9), who dropped to 6-1 at Energy Solutions Arena.

Gordon Hayward had 17 while Al Jefferson finished with 16 and 10 rebounds.

After trailing by 14 in the third quarter and 10 heading into the final frame, the Clippers went ahead for good, when Paul sped down the lane and kissed a high-arching layup off the glass against the late-arriving Jazz defence for a 101-99 advantage.

On the next possession, the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan blocked Jefferson's floater in the lane. The Jazz quickly fouled Matt Barnes, who made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left, making it 103-99.

After Crawford and Williams traded free throws, Foye nailed a three-pointer from the left corner, bringing the Jazz to within 105-104 with 1.2 seconds left.

Foye then stole an errant in-bounds pass, but his desperation shot banged off the backboard at the buzzer, ending Utah's 12-game regular-season home run dating back to last season.

Elsewhere, LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points with 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt buried a pair of timely threes to send the game into overtime and another in the extra session as the visiting Portland Trail Blazers stormed from 18 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 118-112.

Ben Gordon fired in a franchise-record eight threes - all in the second half - en route to 29 points, while Kemba Walker added 22 with 17 assists for the Bobcats, who lost their fourth in a row.

Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo scored 24 points apiece, JJ Redick added 22 as the visiting Orlando Magic snapped the Golden State Warriors' three-game winning streak, 102-94.

Stephen Curry had 25 points with 11 assists while David Lee scored 22 for the Warriors, who had won five in a row at home.

In other games, the Detroit Pistons dropped the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 89-79; the New Orleans Hornets bounced the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 102-81; and the Denver Nuggets trimmed the visiting Toronto Raptors 113-110.


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