National Basketball Association
L.A. Clippers 107, Utah 96
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 30, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
#7 Kevin Fehr, #26 Pat Fraher, #23 Jason Phillips
Clippers 107, Jazz 96: Caron Butler scored 17 of his team-high 29 points in the first quarter and Chris Paul contributed 19 points and nine assists as host Los Angeles extended its franchise-record winning streak to 17 games.
Jamal Crawford also scored 19 points and DeAndre Jordan added 14 for the Clippers, who joined the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs as the only teams in NBA history to go 16-0 in a single month.
Al Jefferson recorded 30 points and eight rebounds while Gordon Hayward chipped in 16 points for Utah, which was swept in the home-and-home series and has lost five of six overall.
Los Angeles held a 29-24 lead after one quarter as Butler hit all five of his 3-point attempts. The Clippers entered halftime with a nine-point advantage, but Jefferson's layup with 2:04 remaining in the third capped a 12-2 run and gave Utah a 76-75 edge.
Paul and Crawford combined to score the next six points and Los Angeles never looked back. Crawford scored 11 points in the final quarter while Paul added six.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Clippers have not lost since dropping a 105-98 decision to New Orleans at home on Nov. 26. ... Los Angeles' winning streak is the longest in the NBA since Boston captured 19 straight during the 2008-09 season. ... Clippers F Matt Barnes has failed to reach double figures in each of his last two games after scoring at least 10 points in nine consecutive contests. Barnes finished with seven points Sunday.
Top Game Performances
Al Jefferson 30
Caron Butler 29
Jamaal Tinsley 11
Chris Paul 9
DeMarre Carroll 8
Lamar Odom 8
Derrick Favors 5
||Free Throws Made
DeAndre Jordan 6
Gordon Hayward 2
Chris Paul 5
Al Jefferson 4
DeAndre Jordan 3
Team Stats Summary
L.A. Clippers will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Clippers have a W/L % of .920 after a win and .333 after a loss.
Utah will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Jazz have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .438 after a loss.