x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Williams makes the difference for the Jazz

The Utah Jazz overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-107 on Saturday night.

SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES // Deron Williams scored 30 points, making the tiebreaking lay-up with 6.8 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Utah Jazz overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-107 on Saturday night.

Williams had 22 points after half time, and Paul Millsap added 25 points and 13 rebounds. Al Jefferson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in Utah's 15th consecutive home victory over the Clippers.

Eric Gordon scored 27 points and his slam dunk with 6.2secs left in regulation tied it at 91. Gordon missed a runner in the lane at the end of the first overtime, and Craig Smith missed from short range at the final buzzer at the end of the second OT.

Chris Kaman scored 23 points despite playing most of the game with foul trouble for the Clippers, who fell to 1-6 and haven't won in Salt Lake City since January 22, 2003.

Utah opened the second half with a 17-3 run, sparked by three-pointers from Raja Bell and Andrei Kirilenko, and began the fourth quarter with a 14-7 spurt to build an 87-80 lead.

Williams scored 15 points in the third quarter and gave Utah its first lead of the game, 77-75, on a lay-up with 9:42 left in the fourth quarter. He missed a jumper from the top of the key at the end of regulation.

The Clippers struggled against Utah's zone defence in the second half. Rookie Blake Griffin scored 16 points, but was 0 for 4 from the floor after the first quarter. He fouled out with 2:28 to go.

Early on, Los Angeles hardly looked like a team playing on the road for the second consecutive night. The Clippers, who lost a night earlier to Denver, made nine of their first 10 shots and opened a 17-point lead less than nine minutes in. They led 55-39 at half time.