(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers won by the slimmest of margins
when they visited the Utah Jazz during the early stages of their franchise-
record winning streak.
They haven't been involved in a close game in over two weeks and look to post
their 16th straight victory on Friday night in the opener of a home-and-home
set with the hosting Jazz.
The third victory of the Clippers' winning streak, which is now the longest in
the NBA since the Boston Celtics won 19 straight during the 2008-09 campaign,
came in Utah by a 105-104 margin back on Dec. 3.
Though the Jazz shot a solid 56.8 percent from the floor, the Clippers
outscored their opponent 54-46 in the second half to claim the win and got 30
points and 11 rebounds from Blake Griffin.
Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which won its
third straight overall against the Jazz and second straight in Utah.
The Clippers had dropped 16 straight as the guest in this series prior to the
consecutive wins and will try to win three in a row in Utah for the first time
"They've beat a lot of good teams in this run ... and they're going to come in
here after the close win they had before thinking they can win on our floor.
So we have to make sure we can match that and we need to play better," said
Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin, whose club has lost five of seven overall.
Mo Williams had 20 points and 12 assists against the Clippers, but is out with
a sprained right thumb that has caused him to miss the past two games and has
him out indefinitely. Jamaal Tinsley has been starting in his place and the
Jazz are still trying to adapt to the change of pace without Williams.
"Getting some more speed down the floor. Getting the ball down quickly and
being able to attack early," Corbin said of what the Jazz haven't been doing
since Williams' injury. "It's slowed us down quite a bit on the offensive end,
The Jazz fell behind early on Wednesday versus the Golden State Warriors,
getting outscored by 12 points in the first half en route to a 94-83 setback.
The 83 points matched a season low for Utah.
Al Jefferson dropped in 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Paul Millsap
chipped in with 14 points as the Jazz fell to 9-3 at home on the season.
The Clippers, meanwhile, led wire-to-wire on Thursday night in a 106-77
victory over the Boston Celtics, hitting nine of their first 13 shots to grab
a quick 15-point advantage.
"I love the way we're playing right now," said guard Chris Paul, who shot just
3-of-11 from the field for eight points, but handed out a game-high 11
assists. "It's a good feeling."
Matt Barnes hit five of Los Angeles' 13 3-pointers to score a team-high 21
points, while Crawford had 17 points and Griffin added 15 points with eight
Los Angeles has won seven straight by double-digits and hasn't lost since Nov.
26. The last time the Clippers didn't win by at least 12 points was a 100-94
win at Charlotte on Dec. 12.
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