Griffin scores 30, Clippers beat Jazz 105-104

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 12:32 am •  Published: December 4, 2012
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There also was the loose-ball foul called on DeMarre Carroll during a near scrum with 3:36 left and the Jazz clinging to a 3-point lead.

Crawford hit a 22-foot jumper to pull the Clippers within 94-93 a few seconds later.

And there was Jordan's block.

"DJ can affect the game in so many ways," said Griffin. "That play was as big of a play as we had all night."

It helped the Clippers (11-6) win their third straight, and third with Billups back in the lineup.

Jordan said the defensive effort against Jefferson made the difference in the second half.

"I think just being physical with Al, making his catches difficult, pushing him out on the block, just kind of denying the post pass a little bit," Jordan said. "Our guards did a great job of pressuring the passer, which made it a difficult pass to get in."

The Jazz were playing without small forward Marvin Williams because of concussion-like symptoms and power forward Derrick Favors, who missed his second straight with plantar fasciitis.

Mo Williams, who played behind Paul and Billups last year in L.A. and alongside Foye, did his best to make up the difference.

One of his 12 assists came on a behind-the-back gem to Jefferson that the Jazz big man slammed for a 94-91 Utah advantage with 3:56 remaining.

He also had a pinpoint pass down the middle of the lane to Foye for a layup that gave Utah a 31-19 lead after one quarter.

Williams downplayed that he was revved up because it was the Clippers.

He gave quick bear hugs to his former teammates before the game, and even extended a hand to help Paul up when he had the ball stolen away in the second quarter. While there were tense moments late after a questionable foul and players from both sides jawed and pointed fingers in front of the Jazz bench, Williams went over and shook his ex-teammates hands after the game had ended.

"I knew we were playing a really good team that has a really good point guard, one of the best in the league and just had to step up to the challenge," Williams said. "That's every night, but obviously when you're playing guys like that, you've got to get extra motivated to play against them because they're so good."

He and Foye just didn't have enough in the end.

NOTES: The Jazz honored former University of Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus with a moment of silence before the game. Majerus died Saturday in Los Angeles while awaiting a heart transplant. He was 64. ... Former Jazz shot-blocking great Mark Eaton sat next to former coach Jerry Sloan in the stands. ... The Jazz made 10 of their first 15 shots and were shooting 66 percent at halftime.



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