Jefferson leads Jazz comeback win over Clippers
LOS ANGELES: The Utah Jazz have had a tough time handling rookie sensation Blake Griffin. That makes them no different than any other team the Los Angeles Clippers have faced.
Even so, Utah has managed to win all three meetings because the Jazz have averaged 107 points against them.
Al Jefferson had 31 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night, helping Utah beat the Clippers 103-95 and extend its road winning streak to four games.
Griffin, the only player to start all 30 games for the Clippers, led them with 30 points and 12 rebounds. He is averaging 27 points and 14.3 boards against the Jazz.
"He's a force in this league and he will be for years to come," Utah point guard Deron Williams said. "His game speaks for itself. He's a walking double-double. He's so athletic and strong, and there's not many weaknesses in his game."
Griffin's double-double was his 26th this season and 20th in a row, breaking the Clippers' rookie record set by Michael Cage during the 198687 season and giving Griffin the longest such streak by any NBA rookie in the last 40 years. Only two players in the league have had longer double-double streaks during the last 10 years - Kevin Garnett (37) and David Lee (24).
"That's what happens when you play well as a team and everyone contributes," Griffin said of his streak. "But it doesn't mean a win, so we've just got to get better. -Ap