NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, March 14th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (46-20) at Utah Jazz (22-43), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will go for a 10th consecutive
win Friday night when they visit EnergySolutions Arena to take on the Utah
The Clippers haven't lost since a road setback to the Memphis Grizzlies on
Feb. 21. L.A. has taken four straight as the visitor and eight straight over
the Jazz, including three in row in Salt Lake City.
On Wednesday, Blake Griffin scored 30 points with 15 rebounds to lead the
Clippers to their ninth straight win with a 111-98 decision over the Golden
State Warriors at Staples Center.
It was Griffin's 24th straight game with 20-plus points, a franchise record.
Griffin grabbed his 3,000th career rebound in the second quarter and joined
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley as the only player in NBA history
with 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists while shooting 50 percent or
better before the end of their fourth season.
"I played against Kareem and Charles and they are completely different,"
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "If three guys could be more different
those three, there is not anything that is similar about any of them. Which is
amazing and it's another lesson that you can get things and do things similar
in different ways."
Danny Granger scored 18 points off the bench for L.A., his highest scoring
output since April 19, 2012.
Chris Paul registered a 16-point, 12-assist double-double, Willie Green scored
13 points, and Darren Collison and Matt Barnes each chipped in 11 in the
victory. DeAndre Jordan recorded 10 points with 11 rebounds.
The Jazz have dropped two straight and seven of their last eight. After an
unsuccessful six-game road trip (1-5), the Jazz lost their first two back
On Monday, the Atlanta Hawks left with a two-point win and two days later, the
Dallas Mavericks marched into Salt Lake and prevailed, 108-101.
Trey Burke scored 20 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds off
the bench for the Jazz. Derrick Favors chipped in 15 points, followed by 13
from Alec Burks and 12 out of Richard Jefferson.
The Jazz shot a respectable 47.1 percent from the field, but less than 20
percent from long range. Utah couldn't contain the hot shooting of Dallas,
allowing the Mavericks to make 53 percent from the floor and almost 62 percent
from 3-point range.
"There were some good things we did," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "We lost
to a team fighting for a playoff spot."
The Jazz hit the road for three straight following Friday's tilt.
03/14 10:20:59 ET