Game #50 | February 1, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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RECAP

LOS ANGELES – For the second time this season, the Clippers played a disjointed, somewhat grinding game, against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

And for the second time they found a way to come away with a win.

A rugged started turned into a runaway, 102-87, victory for the Clippers Saturday night, extending their home winning streak to seven games in a row.

The Clippers (34-16), who are 20-3 overall at Staples Center, are tied with Oklahoma City for the best home record in the Western Conference and are the league’s highest scoring team at home. However, they managed just four points in the opening six and a half minutes of their tenth game in 15 days.

That was before they outscored the Jazz by 15 in the second half, holding Utah to 31.0 percent shooting and just 13 made field goals.

“Our defense was pretty solid in the first half,” Jamal Crawford said. “We just had nothing really going offensively. Tonight, in the second half, our offense started clicking a little bit better and we did what we did in the first half on defense and our fans got into it. We created some energy which was good for us.”

Crawford scored a game-high 27 points off the bench, his sixth game with 20 points or more since Jan. 20, and helped ignite the Clippers’ second-half burst. He had 18 points after halftime and converted a pair of lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, including an over-the-shoulder pass to Jordan at the front of the rim that gave the Clippers a 97-81 lead with 3:04 to play.

Jordan had 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Griffin scored 25 points with 11 rebounds and four assists. Hedo Turkoglu scored six points with five assists and four rebounds and Darren Collison added 11 points and six assists.

Still, the Jazz (16-31), playing the second night of a back-to-back, had a chance to break the game open early. The Clippers committed four of their 11 turnovers before the first quarter was half over and had just one field goal, a Matt Barnes layup, in more than six minutes.

Part of that may be due to the grueling schedule that’s included stops in nine different cities, eight road games, two home games and rarely a day off.

“It’s hard,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “We have two more. I just tell them. We don’t have anything tomorrow and we’ll have a light shootaround in Denver. And we’ve just got to get through it.”

On Saturday they got through it by relying on their defense. Utah shot just 35.8 percent for the game and had just three scorers in double-figures, led by 23 points from center Enes Kanter.

“It was us getting multiple stops and then converting those stops,” Jordan said. “We got stops in the first half, but we weren’t able to get points out of them.”

NOTES

The Clippers outrebounded the Jazz, 45-42… Jordan has had at least 10 rebounds in 27 consecutive games, matching Griffin for the most games in a row with 10-plus rebounds since 1985-86… J.J. Redick had four points on 1-for-6 shooting… The Clippers have won eight in a row against Utah… Derrick Favors did not play due to inflammation in his right hip… The Clippers play 19 of their final 32 games at home… At 34-16, they have the second best record in franchise history after 50 games…  

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Overall thoughts regarding tonight’s game


“Good win for us. I thought it was a hard game. You could see it early. We just couldn‟t get going, and I thought our defense tonight was terrific and kept us in the first half. The second half I thought it won it for us.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Difficult schedule


“Yeah, it‟s hard. What is it 10 games in 15 days?... It‟s just hard. And we have two more. I just tell them we‟re not doing anything tomorrow, light shoot around in Denver, and we just got to get through it. I‟m proud of our guys. Overall we‟ve held together pretty good in this.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Game’s physicality


“I think it‟s physical. Usually I would lean on that side (mental) but this one—it‟s literally physical. You could visually see it at times today. We‟ve just got to get through it. I don‟t know about everybody, but I know a lot of teams—somebody else is going through this at some point in the season. And this is actually when you increase your lead, or catch someone because you went through it and you did well. And another team may go through it and not do well. And that puts you in a different play- off spot. This is an important stretch for us.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Improvement of DeAndre Jordan


“That‟s an area of growth in my opinion—him [DeAndre Jordan] and Blake [Griffin]. We noticed early in the year, if they got early fouls, they were more concerned about not fouling, which creates more trouble. And I thought today, I think there were four or five minutes left in the game, DeAndre Jordan jumps up, blocks the basket, and no foul because he got his hands up. That wouldn‟t have happened a month ago. That would have been a dunk by that guy; and that‟s just terrific.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Effects of fatigue


“[We showed some] sluggishness defensively. That can mean a lot of things, but I think just missing rotations. You can visibly see that guys are fatigued, especially in that Golden State game. Tonight, I felt like we didn‟t have great energy either. But we dug down, and playing at home, it‟s a little different environment, and a different team, obviously. We‟ve got to find a way to push through it, because Denver is not going to be any easier.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Effect of Hedo Turkoglu’s experience

“I forget how many teams he‟s played on and everything he‟s been through. He was telling me a little bit about when he was in Sacramento with that team and throughout the years when he was in Orlando with Dwight [Howard] on that team. He‟s been on a lot of different teams and played well and played kind of different roles on each team. So, he does command respect just automatically from his experience.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Effects of fatigue


“You can try to trick yourself as much as possible, but playing nine games in a thirteen day stretch and ten games in a fifteen day stretch is tough. It‟s tough mentally; it‟s tough physically. It seemed so quiet in the arena. We were like, „Okay, we need to have high energy plays,‟ and Matt [Barnes] got some good cuts, just stuff to get us going and give us some life.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Drawing fouls on three-point shots


“I honestly think I shoot when people least expect it, and by the time they try to react, I‟m already in a shooting motion. By that point it‟s too late. It‟s a game within a game, that‟s for sure.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES


RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game


“It started off slow. We started off real slow, it‟s kind of a nasty game but those are the games you got to push through. You know we had a tough schedule late and I think we were a little sluggish but you got to find ways to win games like that.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES


RE: Thoughts on DeAndre Jordan’s performance


“You know DJ [DeAndre Jordan] played well. I think it was a great team effort. I think he and Blake [Griffin] got us going in the second half starting on the defense end that allowed us to get in transition. It kind of picked our energy up through their dunks and their plays so I think both of our bigs played really well tonight.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN


RE: Difference from the first half to the second half


“I thought in the first half we didn‟t feel like we shot the ball well, but we were shooting 50 percent. But our defense was what kept the game close. I feel like we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half but in the second half we got our legs back, and we had more of a feel for the game in the second half.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN


RE: Effect this tough stretch of games has had


“It‟s no excuse. That‟s why we have so many off days. Doc is really good on rest and us saving our legs and our bodies, but that‟s kind of why we came out, flat in the first half. But that‟s no excuse; we still got to be ready to play.”

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK


RE: Health level


“It’s the heart of the grind of the season, just working through some stuff. It‟s something random that you can‟t control like getting your knee banged or getting your knee bruised. It can cause a kinetic chain that runs its course and all of a sudden you have three or four issues.

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK


RE: How injury has affected his play


“Most of it is normal stuff. It hasn‟t affected my play; it goes back to the first half of the Indiana game. I feel like I played well tonight energy wise, just didn‟t have a lot of [shots] get up and go.”

 

CROWN ROYAL SHOT OF THE GAME

PREVIEW

By: Ben Haber | Follow @HaberBen


After the best January in team history, the Clippers (33-16) start off February by hosting the Utah Jazz Saturday.

The Jazz (16-30) are firmly entrenched as a lottery team for just the sixth time since 1984-84. The Clippers, who are 1.5 games out of the No. 2 seed in the West, are coming off a disappointing loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz also lost to the Warriors in their previous outing, falling 95-90. Still, they are 10-9 since opening the season 6-21.

Despite the Clippers four-game win streak coming to an end on Thursday, they have not lost at Staples Center in over a month. They went 6-0 in January and last lost at home to the Suns on Dec. 30. They are 19-3 overall in their own building this season.

 

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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J.J. Redick VS. Gordon Hayward

 

Redick

G

PPG

RPG

APG

3P%

FG %

FT %

2013-14

28

16.3

2.1

2.2

.403

.467

.912

vs. UTA

13

10.1

1.5

1.6

.286

.484

.871

vs. Hayward

6

12.7

2.2

2.7

.286

.491

.800

 

Hayward

G

PPG

RPG

APG

3P%

FG%

FT%

2013-14

41

17.0

5.5

4.9

.327

.415

.833

vs. LAC

10

13.1

4.5

2.5

.385

.392

.849

vs. Redick

6

7.7

2.8

1.7

.400

.366

1.000

3-ON-3

CLIPPERS

- Over the initial 25 games of the season, Blake Griffin averaged 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per night. In the following 23 contests, Griffin supplied 26 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per outing. Among many stellar performances from Griffin, Dec. 28 against the Jazz stands out. Griffin scored a season-high 40 points with 10 rebounds.

 

- DeAndre Jordan looks to tie the Clippers’ best mark since 1985-86 for the most consecutive games of 10-plus rebounds. Griffin currently holds down the honor with 27, but Jordan has the opportunity to join the elite club. The battle on the glass isn’t Utah’s specialty, ranking No. 24 in the NBA.

- The second quarter usually sides with the Clippers, scoring more points (27.3) in those 12 minutes than any other team. The Jazz are struggling in the second quarter at No. 27 in the league with 23.0 points. The Clippers outscored the Jazz, 25-23, in the second quarter in their previous meeting.

JAZZ

- There have been only three teams to hold the Clippers to under 100 points at Staples Center and the Jazz were one of them. Surprisingly, Utah is the worst ranked team in the league in terms of defensive efficiency (107.5 points per 100 possessions).

- Rookie point guard Trey Burke should be in the mix for Rookie of the Year. After missing the first 12 games due to a broken finger that he coincidentally suffered in a preseason game against the Clippers, Burke has bounced back to accumulate 13.3 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. Burke will be participating in the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star weekend.

- The Jazz boast two formidable big guys down low, featuring Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. The duo combines to post 25.1 points, 15.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. But they still have not fared well against Griffin, who has averaged 23.9 points in 11 career games against the Jazz.

NOTES

The Clippers have won seven in a row against the Jazz, including four in a row at Staples Center. The seven-game streak is the second longest active against any opponent (Minnesota, eight)… Clippers assistant player skills coach Howard Eisley was on the Jazz for two Western Conference Championship teams in 1997 and 1998. He attended the Jazz-Warriors game on Friday as the organization honored former coach Jerry Sloan in a halftime ceremony…  Griffin is the only player averaging at least 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and shooting 50 percent or higher from the field. He’s also scored 25 points or more in five his last six games… The Jazz are 6-17 on the road, which is the worst record among Western Conference teams…

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Doc Rivers: “I don’t think this whole thing stops until after the Denver game. We’ve got two games off after that I think. It is what it is. At the end of the day everybody goes through something like this at some point and I swear everybody plays 82. We’re doing well through it; we’ve lost one game, this one. Now we’ve got to try to get our legs back in time for the next game.”

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: Chris Paul (shoulder) remains out.

UTA: Derrick Favors (hip) and Marvin Williams (heel) did not play against the Warriors on Friday.

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

All-Time: 66-98

2013-14: 1-0

Current Overall Streak: Won 7

Home Streak: Win 4

Last win: Dec. 28, 2013 (98-90)

Last loss: Dec. 29, 2010 (95-103)

Largest Margin of Victory:

Home: 34 (131-97), Jan. 18, 1986

Largest Margin of Defeat:

Home: 40 (91-131), Dec. 7, 1985

SEASON SERIES

Dec. 28, 2013 at Staples Center: Clippers 98, Jazz 90

Feb. 1, 2014 at Staples Center

Mar. 14, 2014 at EnergySolutions Arena




LAST TIME OUT


RECAP | BOX SCORE

Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Griffin 27
Reb: Jordan 20
Ast: Collison 5

Last Time Out



92


111


UTAH JAZZ

Jazz Leaders:

Pts: Burks 26

Reb: Hayward 9

Ast: Burke 6

 

BOX SCORE »



90



95