Five takeaways from Clippers’ 112-96 win over Utah

Trey Burke, Chris Paul
Chris Paul, bottom, battles for a loose ball with Utah’s Trey Burke during the Clippers’ 112-96 victory Saturday in Salt Lake City.
(Steve C. Wilson / Associated Press)

1. For the second consecutive game, Blake Griffin started strong.

He had 13 points in the first quarter, making six of nine shots against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, and had five rebounds in the first.

On Friday night against the Houston Rockets, Griffin had 12 first-quarter points en route to 30 points.

He finished with 28 points on 13-for-18 shooting against the Jazz.


2.Tired or not, DeAndre Jordan played with energy.

And that was never more evident than in the first quarter.

Jordan controlled the backboards in the first, collecting seven rebounds, the same as the entire Jazz team had. He had three offensive rebounds in the first.

He finished with 12 rebounds, four offensive.


3. Jamal Crawford has the most uncanny ability to score last-second shots while being fouled.

With Jazz rookie guard Dante Exum defending him, Crawford pulled up for a jump shot that rolled around and went in with 0.6 seconds left in the first half. Exum was called for a foul on the play, looking perplexed. Crawford made the free throw for the three-point play.

4. The Clippers shot the basketball very well against the Jazz, making 56.3% of their shots, 39.3% of their three-pointers.

5. The Clippers took care of the basketball, turning it over just 11 times against the Jazz.

Chris Paul, who handles the ball more than any other player on the team, had two of the turnovers. But Paul also had 10 assists.






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