Game Recap: Jazz 109 – Clippers 97

Game Details

3:30 PM ET, November 28, 2010
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 Final
UTA 30 22 27 30 109
LAC 32 28 14 23 97

Top Performers
Utah: D. Williams 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
Los Angeles: B. Griffin 35 Pts, 14 Reb, 7 Ast
ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

One thing for sure, that Blake Griffin is a monster.

Through most of the first half – but especially in the 2nd quarter – it felt like the entire Clipper offensive strategy went through Blake Griffin, and everything he tried was working.

Unfortunately for the Clippers, Jerry Sloan and the Jazz have plenty of experience in dealing with that kind of a run. The Jazz threw a zone defense at the Clippers to start the second half, which slowed every other Clipper to a crawl. Of the 14 points scored by the Clippers in the 3rd quarter, Griffin scored 10 of them. Meanwhile, Williams lead an effective attack against the Clipper defense. The Jazz outscored L.A. 27-14 in the 3rd quarter, overcoming an 8 point deficit and never really looked back. Griffin was pretty well worn out by the halfway mark of the 4th and the rest of the Clippers gave up shortly thereafter.

It was another notable performance for Francisco Elson from the Jazz. He may have only scored 7 points, but got 4 rebounds and 4 assists. More importantly, however, he held Griffin to 2 points during a particularly important stretch late in the 3rd through the 4th.

The Jazz return to Salt Lake for a 6-game home stand including the Bucks (tonight), the surprisingly good Pacers (Wed), the Mavs (Fri), Grizzles (6th), Heat (8th), and Magic (10th).

Game Quotes

Jerry Sloan

“We were able to zone them a little bit. They were killing us with their offense, getting the kind of shots they wanted. Then we slowed them down a little bit and they missed some shots. Against a zone you have to make shots and fortunately for us they missed some.”

Deron Williams

“We woke up a little bit in the second half. We executed better, played a better ballgame. They shot 60% before halftime and we held them below 50% in the second half. At halftime, we just talked about getting stops.”

Andrei Kirilenko

“In the first half we were very sloppy, probably because of the early game, we didn’t have as much energy right away. In the second half, we warmed up good and we talked about being focused. We came out and played a good game in the second half.”

Vinnie Del Negro (Clippers Coach)

“It’s never easy. Give Utah credit, they execute so well. We knew what they were going to do, they are a veteran team. Deron Williams gets them in their sets and they push the tempo when he controls the game. You knew they were going to make a run no matter what. Once they got control of the game we were trying to fight back and fight back.”

Blake Griffin

“We were up eight at the half. I like that we play hard and all that but we need to figure out a way to do that for 48 minutes instead of 32, 36 or 40. It is frustrating but I like the way this team plays hard. We just need to keep working until we find something that works.”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune

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~ by djepperson on November 29, 2010.

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