Jazz win 9th straight, behind Boozer’s 34 points

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Boozer had 34 points and 14 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-99 Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.Boozer, in his second game back after missing the previous three because of a right calf strain, was 13 for 17 from the field to help the Jazz win for the 13th time in their last 14 games. First-time All-Star Deron Williams added 13 points and 11 assists.Los Angeles center Chris Kaman, who was named to his first All-Star game on Sunday as a replacement for injured Portland guard Brandon Roy, had 19 points and seven rebounds. Rasual Butler had 18 points and Eric Gordon and Baron Davis each added 16 for the Clippers, who have lost seven of their last eight and two straight since Kim Hughes replaced Mike Dunleavy as head coach.The Jazz have beaten the Clippers six straight times, including a 111-98 win in Utah’s home opener, when Mehmet Okur was sidelined with ankle and knee sprains. Okur had eight points in the rematch.Reserve guard Ronnie Price, who played less than 8 1-2 minutes over the first three quarters and had three points, made a driving layup and a pair of 3-pointers during a 1:39 span early in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz pull ahead 88-86 after they trailed by as many as 11 with 8 minutes left in the third.Utah took the lead for good, 90-88, when Andrei Kirilenko missed a jumper and C.J. Miles went up to slam home the rebound with 9:09 remaining. Back-to-back three-point plays by Boozer and Wesley Matthews increased Utah’s margin to 98-89 with 7:17 left.Boozer made seven of his first eight shots, but missed a couple of chippies after back-to-back offensive rebounds on the same Clippers possession early in the third quarter. Los Angeles increased its margin to 70-59 on a layup by Kaman.The Clippers got as close as 104-99 on Gordon’s 3-point play with 3 minutes to go, but Davis blew an easy fastbreak layup after a turnover by the Jazz, and Boozer sealed it for Utah 9 seconds later with a dunk that gave the Jazz a 107-99 cushion.Trailing by as many as eight points, the Clippers pulled ahead 56-52 with a 12-3 run in the final 2:19 of the first half.

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