Clippers rallied from 19pt deficit; beat Jazz 116-114; extend win streak to 16


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Michael London, Contributor | SportingAlert.com
Published on Dec. 28, 2012 11:02 p.m. CST . 0 comment

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Sporting Alert) The Los Angeles Clippers came back from a staggering 19 point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 116-114 in a thrilling finish at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City Friday night.

Down 74-55 with 8:08 left in the third quarter, the NBA’s top team rallied through big plays from Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan to seal the win and extended the Clippers franchised-best winning streak to 16 games.

The victory also extend the longest streak in the league this season.

Paul scored a game-high 29 points and six assists and the Clippers (24-6) beat the Jazz for the third straight time.

“We knew it was going to be a hard fought game, but it was fun,” said Paul, who hit the two late buckets from the free throw line to setup the victory.

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan both collected double-doubles in the win.

Griffin finished with 22 points and 13 boards, while Jordan grabbed 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul praised Jordan for his big-time effort in the win.

“[It was a] big game from DJ…We don’t win this game without his effort,” Paul added.

Former Clippers guard Randy Foye paced the Jazz with 28 points, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, but he missed a potential game winning three pointer, which was tightly contested by Matt Barnes with time expiring.

Al Jefferson contributed 22 points and eight rebounds and Gordon Hayward added 17 points off the bench for Utah, which dropped to 15-16 overall and 9-4 at home.

The Jazz also suffered its sixth loss in eight games.

Caron Butler chipped with 14 points for the Clippers, while Jamal Crawford, who struggled in the first half, came back to end with 11 points and five assists off the bench.

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