Big games from Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford lead to victory at Utah

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin scored 28 points in Saturday’s victory at Utah/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


When the Clippers embarked on their seven-game road trip, it didn’t seem like the best time because they were struggling and coming off a 105-89 loss at home to Chicago on Nov. 17.

But many of the Clippers said ahead of the road trip it could be a good thing because it could bring the team together. Perhaps, they were right.

The Clippers on Saturday night completed their road trip with a 112-96 victory at Utah. That gave the Clippers a 6-1 record on the trip, the lone loss coming at Memphis – the team with the NBA’s best record.

Blake Griffin scored 28 points on 13 of 18 shooting and sixth-man Jamal Crawford scored 22 on 8 of 17 from the field. Crawford was 4 of 9 from 3-point range as the Clippers shot 39.3 (11 of 28) from beyond the arc. They shot 56.3 percent overall.

Also, Chris Paul scored 17 points and doled out 10 assists, J.J. Redick scored 13, backup point guard Jordan Farmar scored 10 points and had two assists, DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 12 rebounds and Matt Barnes scored eight.

Utah’s Gordon Hayward led everyone with 30 points. The Jazz are 5-12.

The Clippers left 5-4 and will come home 11-5.

Among the six victories, none would qualify as really terrific because the best team in there – Houston – was missing three starters. Of the remaining five wins, four came against teams that will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs.

Still, the Clippers are looking smooth.