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“I felt as though I pump-faked,” Foye said. “He knew that I wanted to shoot the 3 and I felt the contact. He made me go straight up and shoot the ball straight down. It was just a tough play.”
“When (DeAndre Jordan) came to give me the ball screen, I wasn’t worried about (Gordon) Hayward, I was just worried about Al Jefferson,” Paul said. “I could tell (Jefferson) was going to try and blitz me. Anytime two guys try and trap me, I’m always going to attack the slower guy. If they wouldn’t have called the foul, I was right around Al anyway.”
He sank both free throws this time, after missing one with 18 seconds left that allowed Jefferson to grab the rebound, draw the foul and sink two free throws at the other end to tie it at 114.
Paul made sure he got both the next time.
“Man, I couldn’t wait to get to the line. I couldn’t wait to get to the line,” Paul said. “I was mad at myself for missing that last one. I couldn’t wait to get to the line to redeem myself.”
Just like the first game this season against the Jazz, Utah had the upper hand early.
The Jazz used a 36-point second quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 58-48 halftime lead.
Their reserves did most of the damage. Alec Burks and Earl Watson pushed the pace, big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors showed their presence inside and Hayward found ways to score.
Kanter’s block of Ronny Turiaf ignited the crowd.
Hayward’s 3-pointer tied it at 34 with 7:04 left in the second and he scored 10 straight for the Jazz, who forced eight turnovers in the quarter and held the Clippers to 37.5 percent shooting.
Foye, who kept Utah close in the first with a 13-point quarter on 4-of-5 shooting, gave the Jazz their biggest lead of the half, 54-41, with two more free throws.
Paul provided the offense in the third with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
“At the beginning of the third quarter, they made another run at us but then we got a little bit of a rhythm and then started guarding. We started getting some stops and getting out in the open court,” Del Negro said.
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