The Clippers were going to have to find the energy from somewhere after they used so much of it in their previous two games, emotional losses at Golden State and Portland.

And the Clippers were going to have to summon all they had while playing against a team, the Utah Jazz, with one of the worst records in the NBA.

Blake Griffin had the energy and the right game to power the Clippers to a 98-90 victory Saturday night at Staples Center.

Griffin scored a season-high 40 points on 13-for-20 shooting, overpowering Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Marvin Williams.

Griffin even made his first 11 free throws before missing one in the fourth quarter. He finished 14 for 17 from the line. He also had 10 rebounds. His only downside: Eight turnovers.

"We're getting him the ball in the right spots," Coach Doc Rivers said. "We trust him. He's good."

Chris Paul was one assist short of a triple-double, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.