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Utah at Los Angeles

Griffin goes off for Clippers in victory over Utah

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LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored a season-high 40 points, overcoming early foul trouble and a career-worst eight turnovers to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Griffin made his first 12 free throws and finished 14 for 17 from the foul line. The three-time All-Star, who entered this season a 61.1 percent career free throw shooter, has made 80.6 percent of his attempts over his last eight games and raised his season mark to 70 percent.

Chris Paul had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles. Shooting guard Jamal Crawford missed his first five shots and finished 4 for 16 with 13 points after averaging 20 points and 40.3 percent shooting from the field in seven games after he was inserted into the starting lineup.

The Clippers, coming off a pair of narrow road losses to Golden State and Portland -- the latter in overtime -- haven't lost three in a row yet this season.

Enes Kanter had 17 points off the bench for the Jazz, including a 16-footer with 4:20 remaining -- their last field goal of the game. Utah's 9-24 record is the second-worst in the NBA and just 1 games ahead of Milwaukee.

Derrick Favors, who made the game-winning dunk off an offensive rebound in the final seconds of Utah's 105-103 home win over the languishing Lakers on Friday night, had four points and nine rebounds during a foul-plagued 22 minutes before fouling out with 1:19 to play. The Clippers closed it out with an 8-0 run triggered by Griffin's go-ahead dunk with 2:25 remaining.

Utah led 43-42 at halftime despite 11 turnovers that were converted into 15 points. The Clippers, who committed a season-low six turnovers in Thursday night's loss to the Trail Blazers, had four in the first 1 minutes against the Jazz and finished with 13. Three of the early miscues were by Griffin, whose second foul landed him on the bench with 7:54 left in the opening quarter.

Los Angeles missed all six shots from 3-point range before the break, the third time this season the Clippers were blanked from behind the arc in an entire half. They didn't connect from long range until their seventh attempt, when Crawford drained one from the right elbow 14 seconds into the third quarter for his first field goal of the game.

The Clippers have beaten Utah seven straight times, after losing 11 of the previous 12 meetings. The winning streak matches their longest against the Jazz (Nov. 3, 1979 to Dec. 20, 1980).

NOTES: Griffin became the fourth player to score at least 30 points against the Jazz, joining Kevin Durant (42), James Harden (37) and LeBron James (30). ... Jefferson, born in Los Angeles, is averaging 14.6 points in 28 career games against the Clippers. ... Paul's 111 double-doubles are the most by any point guard since the start of the 2010-11 season. Next on that list is Deron Williams of the Nets.

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Blake Griffin scores a season-high 40 points, overcoming early foul trouble and a career-worst eight turnovers. (USATSI)
Blake Griffin scores a season-high 40 points, overcoming early foul trouble and a career-worst eight turnovers. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Utah (8-24)2023222590
L.A. Clippers (21-11) «1725263098
UTA:E. Kanter 17 Pts
UTA:E. Kanter 12 Reb
UTA:G. Hayward 7 Ast
LAC:B. Griffin 40 Pts
LAC:D. Jordan 12 Reb
LAC:C. Paul 9 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahLos Angeles

Enes Kanter

Blake Griffin
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1712240103
Utah
T. Burke, PG384-143-326212
R. Jefferson, SF334-64-523215
G. Hayward, SG323-112-23739
M. Williams, PF265-113-380315
D. Favors, PF221-52-29154
E. Kanter, C317-133-3122517
A. Burks, PG233-62-33528
J. Evans, SF163-40-04036
J. Lucas, PG111-40-01022
D. Garrett, PG91-20-01002
A. Biedrins, CDid Not Play
M. Harris, SFDid Not Play
B. Rush, SGDid Not Play
R. Gobert, CDid Not Play
I. Clark, SGDid Not Play
Totals 32-7619-2145242790
 42.1%90.5% 
Los Angeles
B. Griffin, PF3813-2014-17103240
C. Paul, PG378-165-6109321
D. Jordan, C372-30-112224
J. Crawford, SG334-163-401013
J. Dudley, SF271-42-23114
M. Barnes, SF213-40-11137
D. Collison, PG153-71-11217
S. Jackson, SF140-10-02110
W. Green, SG111-50-01012
B. Mullens, C70-10-01020
A. Jamison, PFDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
M. Wayns, PGDid Not Play
R. Bullock, SGDid Not Play
Totals 35-7725-3241201698
 45.5%78.1% 
Other Games
Cle 100 Final
Bos 103
Brook 91 Final
Ind 105
Det 82 Final
Wash 106
NY 100 Final
Tor 115
Char 116 Final
Atl 118
Dal 105 Final
Chi 83
NO 98 Final
Hou 107
Den 99 Final
Mem 120
Min 117 Final
Mil 95
Phi 101 Final
Pho 115
Mia 108 Final
Port 107