Originally written December 31, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- The way things are going for the Los Angeles Clippers, even a disappearing act by Blake Griffin is not enough to stop the magic. Not with Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford able to pull a rabbit out of a hat in a moment's notice. Butler scored 29 points, including 17 in the first quarter, and Crawford dominated the fourth quarter as the Clippers picked up their 17th consecutive win, beating the Utah Jazz 107-96 Sunday night at Staples Center. After barely eking out wins in two previous matchups with the Jazz this season -- 116-114 at Utah on Friday night and 105-104 at Staples Center on Dec. 3 -- the Clippers survived a brutal third-quarter stretch Sunday before their balanced bench sparked a big fourth quarter. The Jazz used a 17-4 run to take a 76-75 lead with just under two minutes left in the third quarter, but the Clippers regained the lead -- and the momentum -- in a hurry, never looking back. Los Angeles outscored Utah 28-20 in the fourth quarter while...
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