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Clippers get 1st sweep of Jazz since '78-79 season

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 1:06 am •  Published: February 24, 2013

The Jazz never got closer than 16 the rest of the third, and trailed 87-69.

"We gave them too many easy shots and turned the ball over too many times, and you can't give teams that confidence in the third quarter," Jefferson said. "We played well enough to win in the first half, but we missed a lot of shots after that."

Griffin and Butler joined the second unit midway through the fourth after the Jazz closed to 97-84. Odom scored seven straight points to keep the Clippers ahead 104-84. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.

"That's the kind of scoring I remember from Lamar when he was on the Lakers," Griffin said.

Odom shot 8 of 15 and his 18 points were a season high to go with six rebounds.

"L.O. was unbelievable," Paul said. "Without his spark and aggression, we don't win this game. When he's aggressive it changes the dynamics of our team. I'm one of the guys who's always telling him to shoot it. He's always open."

Odom hadn't scored more than four points in the Clippers' five previous games.

"I'm starting to get my legs underneath me. I'm just trying to stay at it, work hard," he said. "I'm trying to fit in and do whatever I can do to help the team win."

Hayward said Odom caused problems for the Jazz.

"Usually, you're trying to shut down Jamal Crawford, and that's a task in itself," he said. "When you've got another guy who's rolling like that, that makes it really difficult."

Los Angeles opened the second on an 11-2 run, including seven by Crawford that restored its lead to 11 points.

The Jazz answered with a 20-10 spurt to take their first lead, 45-44. Jefferson scored 10 points and Hayward had eight. Crawford, Paul and Billups combined for all of the Clippers' points.

The Clippers saw an 11-point lead early in the game dwindle to 25-23 after the first, when Millsap scored 15 of Utah's points.

NOTES: Jazz coach Ty Corbin and Millsap got technical fouls in the second, as did Griffin. ... In the third quarter, the referees reversed their initial flagrant foul-1 call on Griffin, who went up to block Alec Burks' attempted dunk. After a review they decided it was a two-shot foul. ... Ex-Clipper Randy Foye needs five 3-pointers to break Mehmet Okur's single-season franchise record of 129. Foye missed all five of his long-range attempts. ... Utah G Mo Williams missed the game against his old team while recovering from thumb surgery.