The Clippers needed all they could get out of Blake Griffin to avenge their worst loss of the season and Blake delivered.
Blake knocked down 14 of his 22 shots (64 percent) for 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 107-105 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The win was the fourth straight for Los Angeles and countered a 108-79 loss in Utah two weeks ago.
Blake teamed with point guard Chris Paul to score 65 of the team’s 107 points on the night.
And No. 12 gave credit to CP3 after the game.
“To have him on our side is a blessing,” he told Prime Ticket.
Blake was on point from the very start, dropping 6-of-11 shots for 14 first quarter points. He tallied 16 points in the first half and added 15 more after the break to pace the Clippers in a hard-fought win. It was LA’s first win in Utah since 2003.
"It is tough to win here. We know that," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "And they are playing very well, but we were able to make enough plays."
One of those plays came early in the game when Blake chased down a fastbreaking Gordon Hayward and blocked his shot hard off the backboard, preventing the Jazz from taking a 13-11 lead.
In a game decided by just two points, every play made a big difference.
Blake and the Clips host the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Thursday night. Catch the game at 7:30 PST on TNT.