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While the Los Angeles Clippers have dominated the series in recent years, the Utah Jazz still hold an 83-47 advantage in the win column since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles from San Diego. Utah also holds the advantage in postseason play as they have won both series’ the two teams have played, including a 3-game sweep in the first round in 1997 and a 3-2 win in 1992.

Even though the record is lopsided in favor of the Jazz, there have still been some incredibly intense and meaningful matchups between the two organizations over the years.

Here is a look at the most memorable of those games — the games that die-hard Jazz fans won’t forget — whether good or bad.

February 19 and 20, 1988

While the Jazz won both games handily, it was the nearly flawless play of John Stockton that make the two games memorable as he produced his first back-to-back 20-assist performances. In the first game, he totaled 19 points on 8 for 9 shooting from the floor while handing out 21 assists and collecting eight steals in a 98-88 victory. The following night was nearly a mirror image as he had 16 points on 7 for 8 shooting to go along with 21 assists and six steals while committing just one turnover in a 120-103 win.

April 4, 1992

After a sluggish start that saw them trail by 12 at the break, the Jazz used a big second half to knock off the Clippers 98-89 and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Jeff Malone was the catalyst for Utah in the clincher with 25 points while Karl Malone chipped in with 19 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

February 2, 1996

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Now that the CBA season has come to an end – the Xinjiang Flying Tigers were crowned the league champs in a four-game sweep over Guangdong – Asia-Basket.com has released its All-Chinese CBA Awards for the 2016-17 season, and Jimmer Fredette absolutely cleaned up.

The former BYU guard was generously decorated for his outstanding play as he led the turnaround of the Shanghai Sharks from an also ran to one of the top teams in the league during his first season.

He took home three major honors as he was named Guard of the Year, Import Player of the Year and the overall Player of the Year.

All three honors were well deserved as Fredette carried the Sharks to 30-win regular season and a trip to the playoffs. Along the way, he put up masterful scoring displays, including four 50-point games and a 73-point night where he scored 22 straight points in overtime to keep the Sharks in the game.

For the regular season, Fredette averaged 37.3 points a game on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 92.8 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 39.3 minutes.

He bumped those numbers up to 40.3 points a night in the playoffs with 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals, but couldn’t propel the shorthanded Sharks past the first round.

Fredette was also one of three imports to earn First-Team All-CBA, along with Darius Adams and Andray Blatche. The other two players named to the First-Team were Yi Jianlian and Ding Yanyuhang.

Here are some of Fredette’s best highlights during the season.

In other Sharks related news, Guerschon Yabusele joined the D-League’s Maine Red Claws following the CBA season and has played very well. In two regular season appearances, he averaged 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting from the floor, including 66.7 percent from distance to go along with 10 rebounds in 26.8 minutes.

 

 

 

Jordan Burton of SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness delivered his sweet 16 recruiting rankings for basketball, and the BYU Cougars came in at No. 3.

Talking about the Cougars’ recruiting efforts, Burton wrote, “As the saying goes, quality over quantity, and this class has two REALLY quality players in Kolby Lee and Christian PoPoola. Lee is a four-star 6’9 wide body from Idaho. Great hands and feet will make him an opponent’s nightmare. PoPoola has elite athleticism in his 6’4 frame. He played at Bishop Gorman, which has produced its fair share of freshman sensations including Gonzaga’s Zach Collins. PoPoola turned down Oklahoma, USC and Washington State. Both are college ready.”

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