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The Clippers came back from 14 down at halftime, and Jamal Crawford and Ryan Hollins saved them down the stretch in a 96-94 victory over the Jazz.
It's still only preseason, but a comeback victory is always fun. The Los Angeles Clippers trailed by 14 points at halftime, 48-34, after a dismal second quarter. But the Clippers starters had a terrific third quarter to turn that 14 point deficit into a 4 point lead, scoring as many points in the quarter as the team had scored in the entire first half. The reserves (minus the resting Lamar Odom and Grant Hill) played the entire fourth quarter, and built the lead up to 11 before the Jazz came back to tie it with some good outside shooting. But Jamal Crawford carried the Clippers down the stretch, and Ryan Hollins made two saving plays to preserve the victory.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers in limited action, with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in just 29 minutes, but there were eye-popping numbers all around: DeAndre Jordan with 16 rebounds, Chris Paul with 9 assists versus 0 turnovers, Crawford with 18 points and Hollins and Turiaf combining to block 7 shots.
I'll have a more extensive recap in a bit. For now, enjoy the win, even if it is just preseason.