(SALT LAKE CITY) — The Los Angeles Clippers (24-6) erased a 19-point deficit and earned their 16th straight victory on Friday night.
Chris Paul led the comeback with 29 points, including the final seven points down the stretch to give the Clippers a 116-114 win over the Jazz (15-16). Paul’s biggest points came with 3.4 seconds left on the free throw line after Al Jefferson fouled him with the game tied at 114.
“Man, I couldn’t wait to get to the line. I couldn’t wait to get to the line,” Paul said after missing one of two at the line with 18 seconds left that allowed the Jazz to tie the game up. “I was mad at myself for missing that last one. I couldn’t wait to get to the line to redeem myself.”
Blake Griffin followed Paul with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.
“This one is a great win for us because we kind of needed a challenge,” Griffin said. “(We had) to prove not only to everybody else, but to ourselves that we can still win close games like this and win a game down 19 in the third quarter.”
These two teams will take on each other again, this time in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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Billy Hallowell, Deseret News
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