Give Kendrick Perkins all the grief you want, but at least he had the courage to challenge Blake Griffin at the rim. Utah's big men, on the other hand, wanted no part of Griffin and cleared him for takeoff whenever he headed toward the hoop. Griffin's starting the game with four straight dunks was impressive, but his improved chemistry with Chris Paul was the real eye candy.
The game comes so easy to Chris Paul that you get the impression he could score without looking. Paul actually did just that on a pretty baseline reverse in a fourth quarter he dominated. Utah had no answer for Paul off the dribble -- he torched the Jazz from deep when they ran under screens and got penetration when they went over. He was unstoppable.
Mo Williams isn't what you would call an instigator, but his tussles with Gordon Hayward pushed an already intense game to another level. Williams is what you would call a shooter, but Wednesday night, he struggled with his shot selection. So what, exactly, did Williams bring to the table? How about the game's biggest play -- an offensive rebound that led to huge free throws.
Lob City has been more of a myth than anything else to this point. There have been a few lobs here and there, but nothing too substantial. However, Wednesday night, whether it was Utah's fear of being on a poster or something else, Lob City became a reality. Paul is starting to learn where Griffin and DeAndre Jordan like it (hint: real high), and the momentum derived from those dunks carried the Clippers on the road.
Although they let Griffin and Paul go off, the Jazz did a great job of slowing down the Clippers' wings and battled tooth and nail until the very last second. There's no shame in losing to this Clippers team when Griffin and Paul both bring their A-game. Their streak of home dominance against the Clips is snapped, but the Jazz look like a playoff team.