Jef­fer­son leads Jazz come­back win over Clip­pers

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

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

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