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Vinny Del Negro
Los Angeles Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter, Jamal Crawford got 12 of his 18 points in the fourth and DeAndre Jordan added 16 rebounds and 11 points, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-94 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Chris Paul had six points and nine assists in his second game back after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in August. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro rested all of his starters throughout the fourth quarter and didn't play Grant Hill and Lamar Odom at all in the team's first game back from an eight-day, two-game trip to China.
Former Clippers guard Randy Foye had 17 points for the Jazz, coming off back-to-back wins over the Lakers by a combined margin of 47 points.
Jamaal Tinsley started again at point guard in place of the injured Mo Williams and played 22 scoreless minutes with seven assists. Williams sat out his second straight game because of a groin strain, and swingman Derrick Favors did not play because of a bruised right knee.
Trailing 48-33 late in the first half, the Clippers went on a 21-5 spurt to grab a 66-62 lead in the final minute of the third. Willie Green, starting at shooting guard for the injured Chauncey Billups, put Los Angeles ahead 62-61 on a 3-pointer with 2:46 left in the quarter.
The Clippers built their margin to 83-72 on a layup and a pair of free throws by Eric Bledsoe with 6:45 to play. Utah tied it 92-all on a 3-pointer by Alec Burks that capped a 20-9 run with a minute to play. But Crawford responded with a three-point play off a layup, putting the Clippers ahead for good.
Foye's attempt at a tying layup was swatted out of bounds by Ryan Hollins with 5.2 seconds left, and Foye missed a 20-footer from the left of the key as time expired.
Foye, the first player off the Utah bench in his Staples Center homecoming, received a warm greeting from the crowd of 14,617 when he reported in late in the opening period and responded with a pair of 3-pointers less than 2 minutes apart to help the Jazz maintain a slim lead.
NOTES: Billups, whose 2011-12 season ended in February because of a torn left Achilles tendon that required surgery, isn't expected to return to the lineup anytime soon. Del Negro said he will require another two weeks of practices and a full-contact scrimmage before the club can get a more accurate read on his status. ... The Clippers and Jazz begin their four-game season series Dec. 3 at Staples Center.
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You may remember the Jeremy Evans block on one end of the court, dunk on the other end of the court, but it’s not a Los Angeles Clippers game unless there is at least one Blake Griffin dunk. Here is Chris Paul dishing it to Blake Griffin who goes in for the dunk. The Clippers [...]The post Chris Paul to Blake Griffin Alley-Oop Dunk (Video) appeared first on The NBA Mistress.
First of all, why is Ronny Turiaf even in a game? Even if it’s only preseason. Second of all, why is Ronny Turiaf even shooting the ball? And third of all, why is Ronny Turiaf even jumping with Jeremy Evans?
If anyone can answer those three questions, please let us know.
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During Wednesday night's Jazz-Clippers preseason game at Staples Center, Jazz forward Jeremy Evans made a spectacular block, and immediately dribbled down to the other end of the floor to throw down an awesome posterizing dunk (no surprise since Evans won the Slam Dunk Contest last season). And each the block and dunk came on the Clippers' Ronny Turiaf, so... quite an embarrassing...
The regular season hasn’t even started yet but Lob City is in full effect. In a recent preseason game against the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Clipper duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul once again put on a show.
On the fast break Paul threw a perfect alley oop pass to Griffin who threw it down with authority. Check it out on the video below.
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There are moments in the National Basketball Association where players can get the worst thing happen to them on both ends of the court.During last night's Jazz/Clippers game, Clippers reserve forward Ronny Turiaf had a jump shot swatted by Utah's Jeremy Evans.After collecting the block, Evans dribbled down the court and slammed down a poster dunk on the other end.The victim...
In a preseason matchup between the Jazz and the Clippers, there was one of the best dunks of the young NBA season, and no, it wasn’t from Blake Griffin. Jeremy Evans absolutely embarrassed veteran big man Ronny Turiaf by rejecting his shot, scooping up the ball, and hammering it down on Turiaf at the other end.Maybe Evans wanted to prove to Clipper Management that he would be a...
And Ronny Turiaf gets posterized in the process, busted up on twice in one play.