|Date of game: 11/3/2014
Recap: LA Clippers vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin scored a game-high 31 points and Chris Paul recorded a triple-double in the Los Angeles Clippers' 107-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday.
Paul, just two days after suffering a left foot sprain, logged 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for a Clippers squad looking to rebound from Sunday's home loss to the Kings.
"Our training staff, like I said before, is the best in the league and they got me ready to go tonight," Paul said.
Los Angeles struggled down the stretch against Sacramento but got some much- needed production from Jamal Crawford to finish off the Jazz. Crawford played through a rib injury and scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Gordon Hayward paced the Jazz with 27 points, but they fell to 1-3 on the young season and dropped their 10th straight game against the Clippers. Enes Kanter donated 17 points and nine boards in a losing cause.
"It's hard when you get down on the road against a team like this," Hayward said. "We played super hard, just little things that come back to bite you."
"Lob City" was in full effect late in the second quarter, as DeAndre Jordan threw down a pair of alley-oops, including one on a halfcourt lob from Paul, while Griffin tipped in a Crawford miss and added a dunk.
Those string of buckets stretched Los Angeles' lead to 48-39, and Paul's 3- pointer in the final minute of the half gave the Clippers a 56-43 cushion at the break.
The highlight reel dunks were tough to come by in the third quarter, however, and Utah pulled even at 62-62 after Hayward sparked a 13-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers.
Rudy Gobert, who was on the business end of one of Jordan's dunks in the first half, threw down his own alley-oop slam early in the fourth to give the Jazz their first lead, 77-75, since the opening minutes, but the hosts took over from there.
Reggie Bullock countered with a 3-pointer and Crawford converted a three-point play the next time down to give the Clippers control.
Griffin scored while being fouled with 2:52 remaining. The free throw yielded a 100-91 advantage, and the Clippers held on the rest of the way.Game Notes
Paul has 12 career triple-doubles ... Crawford eclipsed 15,000 points for his
career ... Paul has recorded 40 assists and just three turnovers over the
first four games ... Los Angeles visits the Warriors on Wednesday ...Utah
hosts Cleveland on Wednesday ... Utah's last win over the Clippers was on
Jan. 17, 2012.