Williams leads Jazz past Clippers 99-91

Associated Press Modified: October 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm •  Published: October 20, 2012
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Marvin Williams sat in front of his locker with a bag of ice on covering his right hand.

Teammates joked that he just needed to cool off after scoring 18 points to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-91 on Saturday night.

"No, it's not that," Williams smiled. "I just jammed my pinkie finger in the third quarter, but nothing serious."

The Jazz traded Devin Harris for Williams in the offseason hoping for a reliable spot-up shooter to take the pressure off the Utah post players. Williams made 3-of-4 from 3-point range and added eight rebounds and four steals for the Jazz.

"He makes shots," Utah coach Ty Corbin said. "He's a willing and capable shooter so we'll look to get him the ball in the right situations."

The Jazz starters played extensive minutes and all five had reached double figures in scoring before the Clippers mounted a fourth-quarter comeback.

"There were times when we were hitting on all cylinders, looking pretty good and other times, I thought, 'Holy Cow, we got a lot to work on,'" said Gordon Hayward, who had 13 points.

Mo Williams was fouled behind the arc just before the end of the third quarter and made all three free throws to give Utah an 80-65 advantage. Mo Williams, who played with the Clippers last season, finished with 10 points and eight assists.

DeAndre Jordan slammed home a Chris Paul miss to trim Utah's lead to 87-80 with 5:35 to play as the Jazz featured their reserves in the fourth period. But Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors made big baskets to hold off Los Angeles.

Matt Barnes scored 22 points while Paul had 17 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who rested three starters.