LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (AP) -- Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams have provided the upstart Utah Jazz with the NBA's most effective 1-2 punch this season.
They were at their best Wednesday night.
Williams matched his career high with 28 points and had 14 assists, Boozer had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Jazz broke open a close game late in the third quarter to beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 105-86.
Williams, 10-of-18 from the field, scored all but six of his points in the second half. Boozer shot 13-of-21.
"They're playing at an extremely high level. They're leading us in a lot of ways,'' said teammate Derek Fisher, who played with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant - an awfully good duo - from 1996-2004 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"They're our two studs right now,'' Utah's Jarron Collins said.
The game was the first for the Jazz since a 101-79 victory over Dallas on Monday enabled Jerry Sloan to become the fifth coach in NBA history with 1,000 career victories.
Utah has won four of five games and owns the league's best record (17-5). Not bad for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2003.
"I think we'll win some games as long as we stay healthy,'' Sloan said. "We were fortunate to have had a long run with John (Stockton) and Karl (Malone) where we didn't have injuries, and as soon as they left, we started having injuries.''
Boozer is a prime example, having played in 84 games and missing 80 during the past two seasons.
He's healthy now, and most appreciative.
"Oh my goodness, that's an understatement,'' he said.
Boozer is averaging 22.6 points and 12.3 rebounds.
Regarding the Jazz and the chemistry they appear to have developed, Boozer said: "The more you play with a group, the better that team is going to be.''
Williams, in his second NBA season, is averaging 17.3 points and 9.2 assists.
"You don't know what to expect when you come into the league,'' he said. "I'm a lot more confident this year. (Boozer) makes it easy for me. I try to make it easy for him.''
The Clippers announced before the game that coach Mike Dunleavy had agreed to terms of a four-year, $22 million contract extension. Dunleavy is in the final year of a four-year, $10 million deal.
He wasn't celebrating afterward.
"We just got beasted in the paint,'' Dunleavy said. "They're big and strong at every position, and they out-toughed us. That makes them kind of special. They shot the ball from distance and that's an area we struggled in.''
Mehmet Okur added 18 points and Andrei Kirilenko scored 12 for the Jazz, who shot 51.3 percent.
Elton Brand led Los Angeles with 20 points. Chris Kaman added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Thomas had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 40.3 percent.
Los Angeles played without two of its top three scorers - Sam Cassell (injured left foot) and Corey Maggette (bruised left knee and left Achilles' tendinitis). The Clippers have lost three of their last four games, with the losses coming by a combined 70 points.
"It's frustrating to face the top team in the league without all your firepower, but if we gave the kind of effort they did, it wouldn't have mattered,'' Brand said. "They outhustled us to loose balls, to rebounds, got easy putbacks and easy points.''
The Jazz scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter - five by Williams and four by Boozer - for an 84-68 lead. The Clippers weren't closer than 11 points after that. Okur completed the scoring with two 3-pointers.
Thomas scored five points during a 10-2 run to start the second half, putting Los Angeles ahead 52-49. But with Williams scoring nine points and Boozer adding eight, the Jazz outscored the Clippers 20-8 for a 69-60 lead. It was 75-68 entering the final period.
Notes: The Jazz were 10-12 through 22 games last season, when they missed the playoffs for the third straight year. ... The Clippers (10-11) were 14-7 through 21 games last season and reached the postseason for the first time in nine years. ... Boozer has 16 double-doubles this season. The Jazz are 15-1 when Boozer gets a double-double. ... Williams has eight double-doubles after getting only five last season. ... Brand leads the Clippers with 10 double-doubles. He had only four rebounds in this game. ... Kirilenko blocked a shot in the third quarter, giving him at least one in 23 straight games. ... By winning, the Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
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