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Utah at Los Angeles

Jazz 103, Clippers 95

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LOS ANGELES -- Al Jefferson had 31 points and 10 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-95 Wednesday night, winning their fourth straight on the road.

Andre Kirilenko missed his first game of the season because of a lower back strain and reserve C.J. Miles also sat out because of flulike symptoms, leaving the Jazz vulnerable at small forward.

Utah rookie Gordon Hayward made his fifth start of the season in Kirilenko's spot, and had 17 points and six rebounds. Mehmet Okur, playing his second game of the season after missing the first 30 while rehabbing from a torn left Achilles' tendon, scored 13 points in 17 minutes.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Gordon added 19 points.

The Clippers set a season high with 10 blocked shots, one more than they had against the Jazz on Nov. 6 at Utah in a double-overtime loss.

Griffin's double-double was his 26th this season and 20th in a row, breaking the Clippers rookie record set by Michael Cage during the 1986-87 season and giving Griffin the longest such streak by any NBA rookie in the last 40 years.

Only two players in the league have had longer double-double streaks during the last 10 years - Kevin Garnett (37) and David Lee (24).

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Utah trailed by as many as 12 points late in the first quarter and didn't take its first lead until Hayward hit a 3-pointer for a 60-58 advantage with 9:14 left in the third. They took an 81-70 lead into the fourth quarter before the Clippers closed to 81-77 on a 3-pointer by rookie Eric Bledsoe with 10:34 to play.

But the Jazz responded with a 12-2 run, capped by a three-point play by Jefferson that extended Utah's martin to 93-79 with 6:37 remaining.

Griffin received a delay-of-game warning from referee Monty McCutchen when he grabbed the ball after his tip-in basket and then bounced it to a Utah player who was waiting to inbound it. Less than a minute later, Griffin again got his hands on the ball after it went through the net on a short hook shot, but quickly dropped it and put up his hands on his way up court as if to say: "I didn't do anything wrong."

The Clippers began a five-game homestand after winning five of their previous six games - including a pair of one-point road victories against Chicago and Sacramento in which both games were decided by a missed free throw in the final 2 seconds by the NBA's last two rookies of the year. The first was by Derrick Rose on Dec. 18, the other by Tyreke Evans on Monday.

Notes

  • Griffin is donating $100 for every one he makes to Dunking For Dollars, a fundraising endeavor established to help fight childhood obesity. The Nestle Foundation will match his donation.
  • Kirilenko hasn't played a full 82-game schedule since 2001-02, when he was a rookie.
  • The Jazz had to call a timeout with 7:13 left in the first quarter after Raja Bell lost a shoe in the frontcourt.
  • The Clippers are 0-3 against the Jazz and have given up an average of 107 points to them.
  • Griffin, the only player to start all 30 games for the Clippers, is averaging 27 points and 14.3 rebounds against the Jazz.
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Utah (22-10) «23283022103
L.A. Clippers (10-23)3126132595
UTA:A. Jefferson 31 Pts
UTA:A. Jefferson 10 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 7 Ast
LAC:B. Griffin 30 Pts
LAC:B. Griffin 12 Reb
LAC:B. Davis 9 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahLos Angeles

Al Jefferson

Blake Griffin
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Utah
G. Hayward, SF446-122-263117
A. Jefferson, C3913-225-5102331
D. Williams, PG375-115-767316
P. Millsap, PF325-132-292512
R. Bell, SG251-50-02232
E. Watson, PG220-10-02630
M. Okur, C164-104-531013
R. Price, PG122-70-01214
K. Fesenko, C73-30-01026
J. Evans, SF41-10-01022
F. Elson, C20-00-01000
A. Kirilenko, SFDid Not Play
C. Miles, SFDid Not Play
Totals 40-8518-21422523103
 47.1%85.7% 
Los Angeles
E. Gordon, SG437-204-445119
B. Griffin, PF4313-203-8122230
D. Jordan, C405-54-652314
B. Davis, PG293-62-41939
R. Gomes, SF191-20-01123
A. Aminu, SF294-82-281313
E. Bledsoe, PG161-60-01223
I. Diogu, PF131-30-02022
R. Foye, PG80-22-20122
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
R. Butler, SGDid Not Play
B. Cook, PFDid Not Play
C. Kaman, CDid Not Play
C. Smith, PFDid Not Play
W. Warren, SGDid Not Play
Totals 35-7217-2634232095
 48.6%65.4% 
Other Games
GS 93 Final
Atl 103
Ind 90 Final
Wash 104
Cle 92 Final
Char 101
Bos 92 Final
Det 104
LAL 103 Final
NO 88
Den 119 Final
Min 113
NJ 93 Final
OKC 114
Mia 125 Final
Hou 119
Phi 123 Final
Pho 110
Mem 98 Final
Sac 100