(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers are back on familiar territory the next four games, starting with Monday's matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
The Clippers are scheduled to entertain Orlando, New Orleans and Phoenix on the homestand and went 6-1 on a recent road trip from central Florida to Salt Lake City.
Los Angeles posted its fourth straight win with Saturday's 112-96 triumph over the Utah Jazz, as Blake Griffin scored a team-high 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting and has amassed 58 points the previous two games. Griffin is the only player in the NBA currently posting an average of at least 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Griffin is 56 points from 7,000 for his career.
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench and Chris Paul delivered 17 and 10 assists. Paul is third in the league with 9.6 assists per game. After the Jazz pulled within 98-86, 3-pointers by Crawford and J.J. Redick gave the Clippers some breathing room. Redick had 13 points for Los Angeles, which shot 56.3 percent and has scored 100 or more points in four straight and six of the last seven games.
The Clippers have won 11 in a row against the Jazz since Utah's last victory in the series on Jan. 17, 2012.
"Whether we went 6-1 or 4-3, we would have been better when this trip was over. It was guaranteed," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I think defensively we grew the most."
The Clippers outscored their opponents on the road trip by 12.1 points and are eighth in the NBA with 103.8 ppg.
LA is 10-1 when scoring 100 or more points and 1-4 when failing to do so.
Minnesota will close out a three-game western jaunt at Staples Center and dropped a 107-93 decision in Portland on Sunday. LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers.
Shabazz Muhammad and Mo Williams scored 28 and 21 points, respectively, with the latter dishing out 11 assists. Thaddeus Young posted 14 points and rookie Andrew Wiggins had seven for the Timberwolves, losers in four of five and nine of the past 11 games.
"We played really hard," said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "Didn't always play smart."
The Wolves were coming off a 120-119 win over the Lakers on Friday and fell to 2-6 on the road. After visiting the Clippers, Minnesota will play two straight and six of seven games at home.
Minnesota is still without guards Kevin Martin (wrist surgery) and Ricky Rubio (ankle sprain), and center Nikola Pekovic (wrist/foot) is doubtful Monday. It would be nice for the Wolves to have Pekovic battle Griffin inside.
The Clippers won all four meetings with the Wolves a season ago and are unbeaten in the last nine games in this series. The T-Wolves have lost four in a row at the Clippers and are 48-50 all-time against them.
Griffin averaged 25.7 points and 10.0 rebounds in three games against Minnesota last season, while Paul posted 20.5 points and 11.0 assists in four contests.
With Kevin Love now in Cleveland, the Wolves will have even more trouble against the Clips. Love averaged 24.5 points and 15.8 boards in four games against the Clippers in 2013-14.