NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 14th (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (46-20) at Utah Jazz (22-43), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will go for a 10th consecutive win Friday night when they visit EnergySolutions Arena to take on the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers haven't lost since a road setback to the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 21. L.A. has taken four straight as the visitor and eight straight over the Jazz, including three in row in Salt Lake City.
On Wednesday, Blake Griffin scored 30 points with 15 rebounds to lead the Clippers to their ninth straight win with a 111-98 decision over the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
It was Griffin's 24th straight game with 20-plus points, a franchise record. Griffin grabbed his 3,000th career rebound in the second quarter and joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley as the only player in NBA history with 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists while shooting 50 percent or better before the end of their fourth season.
"I played against Kareem and Charles and they are completely different," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "If three guys could be more different those three, there is not anything that is similar about any of them. Which is amazing and it's another lesson that you can get things and do things similar in different ways."
Danny Granger scored 18 points off the bench for L.A., his highest scoring output since April 19, 2012.
Chris Paul registered a 16-point, 12-assist double-double, Willie Green scored 13 points, and Darren Collison and Matt Barnes each chipped in 11 in the victory. DeAndre Jordan recorded 10 points with 11 rebounds.
The Jazz have dropped two straight and seven of their last eight. After an unsuccessful six-game road trip (1-5), the Jazz lost their first two back home.
On Monday, the Atlanta Hawks left with a two-point win and two days later, the Dallas Mavericks marched into Salt Lake and prevailed, 108-101.
Trey Burke scored 20 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Jazz. Derrick Favors chipped in 15 points, followed by 13 from Alec Burks and 12 out of Richard Jefferson.
The Jazz shot a respectable 47.1 percent from the field, but less than 20 percent from long range. Utah couldn't contain the hot shooting of Dallas, allowing the Mavericks to make 53 percent from the floor and almost 62 percent from 3-point range.
"There were some good things we did," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "We lost to a team fighting for a playoff spot."
The Jazz hit the road for three straight following Friday's tilt.
03/14 10:20:59 ET