SALT LAKE CITY -- As if somehow toying with them all night, Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul let the Utah Jazz feel like they were in control for three-plus quarters on Monday.
Then things got interesting.
Paul and his teammates roared back from a 14-point deficit to earn a 105-104 victory at EnergySolutions Arena, handing the Jazz their first home loss of the season.
Playing without two key members of the team - Marvin Williams (concussion) and Derrick Favors (Plantar Fasciitis) - Utah dominated stretches of the game but simply couldn't slam the door.
The Clippers outscored them 32-21 in the fourth quarter and outrebounded them 15-8, including 5-1 on the offensive glass.
With all those second-chance opportunities, L.A. forced its way back into the game and with five minute remaining went ahead for the first time since the opening quarter.
Paul delivered a heart-breaker when he used his quickness to penetrate the lane, then floated an ally-oop pass to Blake Griffin, whose dunk put the Clippers up 91-90.
"That's his M.O., just set everybody up in the beginning and at the end, like an assassin, try to end it all," Jazzman Randy Foye said of Paul, a former teammate.
L.A. (11-6) got 30 points and 11 rebounds from Griffin, plus 14 points and nine assists from Paul.
Veteran Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting.
The Jazz (9-10) got 20 points and 12 assists from Mo Williams and another 19 from Foye.
Center Al Jefferson scored 16 points, had 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.
The Jazz led by 10 to start the final quarter but failed to stem L.A.'s rising wave of confidence.
"They made plays and made some big shots down the stretch," Jazz reserve Gordon Hayward said. "A couple of them were daggers. We went down the other end and didn't execute."
Utah's recipe for failure included allowing the Clippers to score 32 points in the second and again in the fourth quarter. L.A. also managed to score 25 points off the Jazz's 17 turnovers, plus added 17 second-chance points.
"You hope you can come back, that's the gift and curse of this team," Paul said. "We know we're talented enough that we're always in every game but we have to start out better. We can't come out lackadaisical."
That, recently, had been the Jazz's problem but it wasn't on Monday, not as they built a 13-point lead in the first quarter.
After the game, the consensus among Jazz players was that they played well enough to win - and should have won - but couldn't match the truckload of momentum the Clippers gained in the fourth quarter.
They also seemed frustrated with some questionable calls from the referees, including one that sent veteran Chauncey Billups to the free throw line for three shots with the score tied 99-all with 1:14 left to play.
Billups appeared to initiate the contact with former teammate Mo Williams, but Williams was called for the foul.
Billups made two of three free throws and later Paul sped past Utah's defense for a layup, giving the Clippers a 101-99 lead.
"I thought it may have been an offensive foul because one of the points of emphasis (from the NBA to its officials) was that you can't flail your arms and legs out," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Mo did a good job of challenging the shot. Big call. The referees saw it a different way."
* KEY STAT: The Clippers outrebounded the Jazz 15-8 in the fourth quarter, including 5-1 on the offensive end.
* INJURY REPORT: Marvin Williams (concussion symptoms) went through shootaround Monday morning and was hopeful of playing in the game but was held out. He is considered day-to-day as symptoms dictate, in keeping with NBA concussion protocol. DeMarre Carroll started in Williams' place. Williams now has missed three straight games. ... Derrick Favors (right foot) underwent an ultrasound Monday, which confirmed he has plantar fasciitis. He is considered day-to-day. ... No Grant Hill (right knee) or Trey Thompkins (left knee) for the Clippers.