The Los Angeles Clippers finally broke the Salt Lake City curse, winning on the road against the Utah Jazz for the first time since 2003 on Wednesday night, 107-105. It didn't come easy, which was to be expected, and it took a huge effort from Chris Paul in the fourth quarter for the Clippers to secure the win. But what an effort it was.
Paul scored 20 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth as the Clippers and Jazz went back-and-forth. He finished the night shooting 15-of-24 from the floor, including 7-of-13 for three, while adding 11 assists to his game-leading points tally.
The Jazz did battle back, hitting a three to make it a one-point game with less than a minute to go. But Utah was never able to get closer as the Clippers made their free throws down the stretch. A last-ditch effort on a purposely missed free throw failed, and the Clippers corralled the rebound to hang on for the two-point win.
Blake Griffin formed the other half of the one-two punch with Paul, scoring 31 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Mo Williams came off the bench to score 19 points, as well.
Al Jefferson scored a team-high 27 points for the Jazz in the loss. Earl Watson added 16 points off the bench, with Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors each scoring 14 points.