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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Chris Paul couldnt remember the last time the Los Angeles Clippers needed quality practice time more than they do now.Their play has been a bit ragged at times, yet they were able to do enough good things down the stretch Monday night to hold off the Utah Jazz 101-97 with 24 points from Blake Griffin.The Clippers havent been able to get extra time in the gym because of their hectic schedule, so they have to try to improve on the fly. Several times this month, theyve had to close the court to reporters at Staples Center before games in order to fit in a couple of much-needed walkthroughs.Its been such a blur because theres been so many games, Paul said. But we cant look at that, or look for excuses like that. Weve pushed and fought through some times when guys are a little bit winded.We just talk about staying the course and figuring out a way to win. Tonight was one of those nights.The victory was the Clippers 12th straight against Utah, breaking the franchise record for consecutive wins against one team. The previous mark was set against Dallas from Feb. 4, 1992, through March 11, 1994.These guys had won four out of five, and this was our fifth time playing them — including preseason, Paul said. There were a couple of times where we could have gotten some separation, but they kept making timely plays.We didnt rebound well as a team. We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, but we still found a way to win.Paul, who recorded his first triple-double with the Clippers during a 107-101 victory over the Jazz on Nov. 3, finished with 20 points and eight assists this time.It was Griffins first NBA game with at least 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four blocked shots.Blake was huge tonight. He made some big shots and got some tough rebounds, Paul said. He had some tough calls go against him, but he just didnt let it bother him. I think that shows the growth in our team, and also in Blake.DeAndre Jordan had 19 rebounds for the Clippers. The two-time defending Pacific Division champions blocked 12 shots and never trailed in the fourth quarter despite leading by no more than five.We got stops when we needed to, and Matt Barnes did an unbelievable job on Gordon Hayward, Paul said. We know how Hayward can score the ball, but when he was making all those moves, Matt was right there, and he never gave up on those plays.The Clippers are 10-6 in December with one game left. Its the seventh time they have reached double digits in a month since the start of the 2011-12 season — including December 2012, when they became the first NBA team to go 16-0 in a month. They capped it by beating the Jazz 107-96 at home.Hayward scored 22 points for the Jazz, and Rudy Gobert added 13 rebounds and 11 points off the bench.Shooting guard Alec Burks missed his second straight game because of chronic soreness in his left shoulder. He also sat out two games early this month.Theyre a really good team. And for us to fight on the road like this is really positive, Hayward said. But we just have to close out games a little bit better and find ways to get good looks.Pauls 3-pointer with 35.6 seconds left in the third quarter helped Los Angeles pull even at 77-77. Jamal Crawford was outscoring the rest of the Clippers bench 14-0 until Jordan Farmar made a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game with 10:25 to play.___TIP-INSJazz: Their most recent victory over the Clippers was on Jan. 17, 2012, when they extended their home winning streak against them to 16 with a 108-79 decision. ... Hayward totalled 57 points against the Clippers in the first two meetings — losses by six and 16 points respectively. The season series concludes on Jan. 28 at Utah. ... Monday marked exactly 13 years since the Jazz gave Jerry Sloan his 800th NBA regular-season coaching victory by beating Philadelphia.Clippers: They are averaging 12.6 3-pointers over the first 32 games. Their total of 320 is the best in club history at this stage of a season. ... Reserve F Spencer Hawes was back in action and played 12 minutes after sitting out the previous nine games because of a bruised left knee. ... The Clippers are 79-20 since the start of the 2012-13 season, and the .798 winning percentage is the best in the league during that stretch.Jazz: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.Clippers: Host New York on Wednesday. Jonathan Marchessault Golden Knights Jersey . A broadcast source said the deal is for five years. The agreement calls for a minimum of 17 regular-season games as well as the East and West Division finals being broadcast annually on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS. Shea Theodore Jersey . How foolishly wrong I was. 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Mr. Fraser, It looks like Martin Brodeur is coming back to play for the Blues. I was wondering if you have any great stories or fond memories of your time on the ice with Brodeur - in the NHL, or maybe even the Olympics.CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Its been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, a feat so grueling that only Tony Stewart has successfully completed all 1,100 miles. Now Kurt Busch wants to give "the double" a try and he will have cars capable of winning both races. He said Tuesday he will attempt to make the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for Andretti Autosport. Should he make the May 25 race, Busch would then fly to Charlotte Motor Speedway to fulfil his full-time job with Stewart-Haas Racing -- a team co-owned by Stewart -- in NASCARs longest event of the year. "Im a fan of motorsports, a student of motorsports, and I view this as a challenge for myself," Busch said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Memorial Day weekend, the central focus of all motorsports is Monaco, Indianapolis and Charlotte and this is a tremendous opportunity to be right in the middle of it." Only John Andretti, Stewart and Robby Gordon have attempted the "double," and no driver has tried since Gordon in 2004. "Welcome to the club!" Gordon posted on his Twitter account. Stewart, Buschs new co-owner at Stewart-Haas, is the only driver to complete the double. He did it in his second and final attempt, in 2001, when he finished sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte. An Indiana native who grew up dreaming of winning the Indianapolis 500, Stewart long ago abandoned that goal and passed on an offer last year from Roger Penske to drive one of his cars in the 2013 Indianapolis 500. But Stewart has given Busch his blessing. "Its a great opportunity for Kurt and I fully support him," Stewart said Tuesday. "Hell have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but he has an overwhelming amount of driving talent on his side. He has a great car owner with Michael Andretti, whos not only an owner, but hes been a driver too. "Michael has so much to offer Kurt in terms of knowledge and firsthand experience. It really seems like a natural pairing." Buschs attempt comes at a much different time than when Gordon and Stewart last tried to run both races. Social media didnt exist a decade ago, and Busch plans to utilize every avenue possible to let fans follow along with his attempt. On Tuesday, he even launched a website -- www.kurtbuschdouble.com -- that is expected to chronicle his efforts. "I think this is something that is good for NASCAR, good for IndyCar, good for the fans to get behind and really feel like they are part of," Busch said. "There was no social media, or the means for fans to get an in-depth look at what goes into the double when the others tried it. We think weve got an opportunity to make people feel like they are part of the experience with me." Busch first flirted with the idea last May when he completed the Indy 500 rookie orientation program with Andretti. He didnt put a program together to run the 500, and said hes second-guessed that decision at times. "I took the conservative route and sometimes I kick myself because Carlos Munoz finished second as a rookie in that car last year," Busch said. "So now Im challenging myself to do something great in motorsports." Andretti will unveil the car and primary sponsor for Busch at a later date. "Im really excited to have Kurt come onboard for the Indy 500. He did a great job for us when he tested last year," Andretti said. "Hes obviously a natural talent and we feel he is going to take to the Indy car quickly and have a competitive month with us." Busch, an advocate for The Armed Forces Foundation who is dedicating his effort to the men and women in the U.S. military, will bring at least two personal ssponsors.dddddddddddd Cessna has signed on to help with his transportation between IndyCar and NASCAR, and Busch estimates it will require at least 20 hours of flight time shuttling him back and forth between both series. Hes also teamed with Basis, a wrist-based health tracker Busch is using to help with his training leading up to the double. Busch has also taken up martial arts and joked hes entered "a boot camp phase" of his personal training. "You can get your body ready, and do all the cardio needed and follow the nutritional guidelines," he said. "But the mental aspect of running 1,100 miles is like nothing you can prepare for. I think the martial arts can help with that." He said hes spoken to Stewart, as well as former Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr., and Juan Pablo Montoya, who left NASCAR to drive for Penske in IndyCar this season, about his venture. Castroneves, Hornish and Montoya are all former Indy 500 winners. "All of them have given me great support and told me, You can do this," Busch said. Indeed, three-time winner Castroneves welcomed Busch to the field: "Congrats on the #indy500, see u there!!" he tweeted. Busch will not participate in an IndyCar race before the Indy 500, but president of competition Derrick Walker said last month the series would try to accommodate him with track time much the same way it has Montoya, who has received additional testing time in his preparation for the season. "To add a driver with the resume of Kurt Busch to the Indianapolis 500 field is a huge gain for IndyCar," Walker said. "We want to see the best 33 drivers put their skills to the test on the biggest stage in motorsports, regardless of which series they come from. To attempt the double is a tremendous challenge, and were looking forward to watching Kurt accomplish the feat." Buschs path to the Indy 500 will begin in earnest after the May 10 Sprint Cup race at Kansas. Hes expected to spend a week testing Andrettis Honda, and make at least 10 trips between Indy and Charlotte as he participates in NASCARs All-Star race and attempts to qualify for the 500, race in the 500 and the 600. He said hes worked out several scheduling issues with NASCAR and has permission from Charlotte Motor Speedway to helicopter onto the frontstretch of the track to speed up his arrival for the second race. Busch won the Coca-Cola 600 -- which is a full 100 miles longer than any other race on the NACAR schedule -- in 2010. "As a past Coca-Cola 600 champion, Kurt Busch knows what a test of endurance 600 miles can be. To race 1,100 is nearly impossible," said Charlotte Motor Speedway president Marcus Smith. "To even attempt this takes a lot of guts. Fans will appreciate this effort, and I know theyll be as excited as I will, watching the clock to see if he can make it to Charlotte in time for our green flag." Charlotte officials said theyll track Buschs journey from Indianapolis on their massive big screen video board in the infield of the speedway so fans can follow and anticipate his arrival. But if he wins the 500, Busch knows hell be late to Charlotte -- if he makes it all. However, NASCARs new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format means all Busch has to do this year is win a race to earn a spot in the 16-driver Chase, and he can afford to miss the start of the 600 and not jeopardize his regular job. "As long as we attempt to qualify for every race, we are eligible for the Chase under the new rules," Busch said. "Its like you are in New York City, on Broadway, and you look up at all the bright lights -- they are clearly pointing to this being the right time to do this. The green light is on." ' ' '

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