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Jefferson Fills Slot as Role Player in Utah

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Al Jefferson broke the 30-point barrier for the first time this season on Wednesday night, leading the Jazz over the Los Angeles Clippers in Utah. Eclipsing 30 points was a fairly regular occurrence for Jefferson during his two healthy years in Minnesota, covering 2007-08 and 50 games of 2008-09, when he accomplished the feat 18 times and was a 20-point, 10-rebound mainstay for the Timberwolves.

But neither Utah nor Jefferson is complaining about the dip in his scoring (16.7) and rebounding (8.8) averages this season, or the lowest-ever shooting percentage (47.9) of his seven-year career. At 22-11, Utah is off to its best...

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