Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamal Crawford scored 27 points off
the bench, and Blake Griffin added 25 points with 11 rebounds to power
the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-87 win over the Utah Jazz.
DeAndre Jordan totaled 10 points, 14 boards and three blocks, and Darren
Collison finished with 11 points and six assists for the Clippers, who beat
the Jazz for the eighth straight time.
The Clippers, who had their four-game winning streak broken Thursday night
with a 19-point loss at Golden State, held a dominant 60-45 scoring advantage
in the second half against Utah.
The Jazz, who shot 31 percent over the final two quarters, have lost back-to-
back games. Enes Kanter had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Richard Jefferson
scored 19 in defeat.
LA turned a 58-55 deficit into a big lead thanks to a giant spurt in the third
quarter. Crawford's 3-point play capped the burst, which gave the Clippers a
69-59 lead with 2:19 remaining. It was 76-65 going into the fourth quarter.
Utah didn't get closer than nine in the final 12 minutes.
The Jazz led by as many as seven in the first quarter and settled for a 21-19
edge at the conclusion of the period. It was tight throughout the second and
the game was tied at 42 at the break.
Utah saw teammates Derrick Favors (right hip) and Jeremy Evans
(tailbone/elbow) sit out with injuries ... The Clippers have taken five
straight as the host in this series ... LA shot 51.4 percent compared to 35.8
for Utah, which was also 10-of-30 from 3-point range.
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