Five things to take from the Clippers’ 94-89 victory over the Utah Jazz

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers on Wednesday had his best game as a member of the Clippers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


– With J.J. Redick out with back spasms, that left the bench thin because sixth-man Jamal Crawford started in place of Redick. Enter Austin Rivers, who had by far his best game as a member of the team with 12 points off the bench on 5 of 8 shooting – 2 of 4 from 3-point
range. Rivers only had one assist, but no turnovers in 22 minutes.

– Rivers was the only reserve to score for the Clippers. Interestingly, there were only three other shots even taken by reserves. Spencer Hawes was 0 of 2 and Hedo Turkoglu was 0 of 1. Glen “Big Baby” Davis did not take a shot in nine minutes, neither did Dahntay Jones in one minute of play.

– Sure, the Jazz entered the game with a record of 16-29 and virtually no chance of making the playoffs. But the bottom line is they led 72-68 after three quarters and still led 83-81 with 5:11 to play before the Clippers showed some toughness by outscoring Utah 13-6 down the

Matt Barnes has been nursing a strained abdominal muscle, but he was Mr. Clutch when the Clippers needed him most. He shot just 5 of 12, but he scored eight of his 14 points during a four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter. Six of those points came on 3-point baskets.

Chris Paul shot 8 of 16 from the field, giving him three consecutive hot-shooting games in succession after a five-game stretch during which he made just 19 of 59 (32.2 percent). Including this game, Paul has shot 22 of 38 (57.8 percent) the past three games.