It was only the first stop of an eight-game, 7,399-mile trip, and already the
They couldn't sustain any offensive rhythm. Shooting guard
The Clippers finally put a stop to the madness by getting stops in the final minutes of a 94-89 victory Wednesday night at
They held the Jazz to 17 points in the fourth quarter, including only four points in the final 4 minutes 21 seconds.
"It's what we couldn't do earlier in the year that we can do now," Coach
Utah began the fourth quarter with a four-point lead but made only six of 24 shots over the final 12 minutes, missing all nine of its three-point shots. The Clippers effectively trapped forward
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had two blocks and forward
It was almost as if the Clippers were suddenly reading from a familiar script.
"We've been in these situations so much that down the stretch we know who we're going to go to and how we're going to play," said point guard
The Clippers also received a big boost from forward Blake Griffin, who scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Jamal Crawford, who scored 21 points while taking Redick's spot in the starting lineup.
Backup point guard
"C.P. grabbed him during this game and said, 'Hey, listen, you can get to the basket,' " Doc Rivers said, referring to his son. " 'We need you to attack' and he listened."
Kanter finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, which has lost 13 consecutive games against the Clippers.
Doc Rivers didn't learn that Redick was unavailable until shortly before the game. Rivers said Redick took a jarring hit late in the Clippers' game against Denver on Monday.
"It's almost like a whiplash effect that he's going through," Rivers said of Redick. "It's neck, back, it's everything."
The Clippers didn't immediately decide on a replacement, with three question marks listed at shooting guard on the starting lineups released before the game.
The Clippers then seemed questionable for the first 31/2 quarters, appearing sluggish until closing with a flourish. Griffin tipped in his own missed shot to end an 85-85 deadlock before Paul stole a pass from Joe Ingles, leading to a foul on Griffin that resulted in him making one of two free throws.
The Jazz never got any closer during a game that had long looked like it was theirs for the taking.
The Clippers appeared rejuvenated as they ran off the court after the buzzer, with reserve forward
"Like Pop says," Austin Rivers said, "sometimes ugly wins like that are the best wins because it just shows your toughness as a team."