Clippers close out trek in Utah

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will put the finishing touches on a seven-game road trip Saturday against the struggling Utah Jazz.

The Clippers are 5-1 on the trek and recorded their third straight victory with Friday's 102-85 triumph over the Houston Rockets, as Blake Griffin pumped in 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points off the bench for the Clippers, who made 46.9 percent from the field and scored 21 points off 15 Houston turnovers.

"Once we get it going defensively that will establish our trust. The ball will move more and you'll cover for each other," said Crawford.

Clippers forward Matt Barnes returned from a two-game hiatus due to a calf strain and scored two points in 19 1/2 minutes for the Clippers.

After Los Angeles visits Utah, it will return home for four straight games versus Minnesota, Orlando, New Orleans and Phoenix.

The Jazz have lost four in a row and will start a four-game homestand Saturday versus the Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic.

In a 97-82 setback in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Gordon Hayward scored a team-best 24 points and both Enes Kanter and Alec Burks added 16.

Trey Burke and Derrick Favors scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Utah, which shot 44.3 percent and fell to 5-11 on the season.

"(They made) a couple plays here and there in the second half, a couple of offensive rebounds for big-time 3s by them, they pushed the lead to 10-15 points and we just kind of fell apart," said Hayward.

The Clippers defeated the Jazz, 107-101, on Nov. 3 at Staples Center and were led by Griffin's 31 points. Crawford had 19 points in that one, while Hayward added 27 points.

Utah has lost 10 in a row to the Clippers and four straight at home in this series.