After being reenergized in the second half, the Los Angeles Clippers dominated and pulled out an amazing 102-87 victory over the Utah Jazz. The Clippers are 11-4 since Chris Paul was sidelined with his injury.
After a lackluster first half that saw the Jazz and Clippers battle back and forth, the halftime score was tied at 42-42. The Clippers shot an outstanding 51% from the field in the first half.
The Clippers opened up the offense and went on an 18-3 run late in the third quarter for a 71-61 lead. A few seconds later Blake Griffin electrified the crowd on a monstrous dunk from Jamal Crawford that extended the lead over the Jazz 73-61.
With less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Jazz tried to make a run after Gordon Hayward connected on two free throws, but the Clippers defense was just too dominating against the Jazz.
DeAndre Jordan despite getting in foul trouble early, with five foul made an outstanding block in the paint late in the fourth quarter.
"Him and Blake -- we noticed early in the year that if they got early fouls, they were more concerned about not fouling, which creates more trouble. But tonight, I think there were 4 or 5 minutes left in the game and somebody drove against D.J. Then D.J. jumps up, blocks the basket -- and no foul because he got his hands up. That wouldn't have happened a month ago," said head coach Doc Rivers.
The Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz for the eight straight time in the regular season.
Blake Griffin scored 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Jamal Crawford finished with 27 points. DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points and 14 rebounds.
"We get our energy from the crowd here. And once we got over that hump tonight, we were OK. Our defense kept the game close, and in the second half we got our legs back. But in the first half we were flat," said Jordan on the tale on two halves.
Enes Kanter was a task for the Clippers, finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the Jazz loss.
"The end of the third quarter they did a good job finishing some plays, and we didn't really shoot the ball particularly well over that stretch," Jazz forward Richard Jefferson explaining the loss.
The Clippers move on to face the Nuggets in Denver, then return home for a five game home stand starting the Miami Heat on Wednesday.