Twice in the first half, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro had to call a timeout to reorganize his team. He must have saved his best speech for halftime.
After turning an 11-point lead into a two-point lead after two periods, the Clippers came out and scored the first 13 points of the third quarter and blitzed their way past the Utah Jazz 107-94 at Staples Center Saturday night.
The victory completed a 4-0 season sweep of Utah, something the Clippers haven't done since their days in San Diego.
Blake Griffin's 18 points and seven rebounds led the Clippers, but not any more than his iron will.
The 13-point run was capped by a determined Griffin, who found himself trapped under the basket, took the ball out to the wing to regain control and found himself draped by Al Jefferson. Griffin spun away and launched himself toward the basket, was fouled by Paul Millsap and still scraped the ball off his chest for a basket and a three-point play.
Moments later, Griffin dived headlong for a loose ball, got up and found Chauncey Billups sprinting for the basket. Billups took the pass and hit Caron Butler in the corner, and Butler's 3-pointer had the Clippers up by 19.
"I thought I was going to slide out of bounds, but I kind of stuck," Griffin said.
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L.A. Daily News | Feb 24