It is official. The Los Angeles Clippers are elite after a win against the Utah Jazz. It was the Clippers first win in Salt Lake City since 2003. For the fans that do not remember those were the Elton Brand days. It was a great game between these two teams. The first half of the game was high scoring and exciting. The Clips found themselves down by 10 points but they battled back to make it only a 2 point deficit at half time. Both teams came out flat and sloppy in the third quarter. There was many missed shot along with turnovers to spare, but the game was still close leading into the final quarter. The fourth was intense; the Clippers badly wanted the end the losing streak in Salt Lake City while the Jazz wanted history to remain the same. Once again PG Chris Paul came through in the clutch.
The Jazz would experience the same fourth quarter fortunes as the Thunder did on Monday. The fourth quarter belonged to Chris. Every critical fourth quarter possession he found a way to score and maintain the Clippers lead. He would end the night with a season high 34 points and had 11 assists. It really is a thing of beauty watching Chris play, especially in the clutch or as he likes to say during “winning time.”
Let us not forget about the other superstar in the Clippers roster and that is PF Blake Griffin. Blake also scored over 30 points like his teammate Chris Paul, but his points came in different varieties. He was dunking (like always), scoring with great post moves, and also knocking down 18 footers. The 15 to 18 foot shot at one point in his career will be automatic and will truly make him unguardable. It was a great game displayed by both Chris and Blake in a night where SF Caron Butler was out with a sore lower back and PG/SG Chauncey Billups had an off night.
It was fantastic for the Clippers to get this big monkey off their back. The Clippers hit some big free throw shots towards the end of the game and PF Reggie Evans secured the final rebound as time expired to end the losing streak. After the final buzzer went off, Chris got his teammates together and shared a few words. They were words of engorgement after an emotional win. The Clippers have three straight wins over three solid western foes. Whether you’re ready or not the Clippers are rolling!!!