LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz are depleted, but rolling.
Seven players scored in double figures, led by Alec Burks with a season-high 28 points, as Utah went on a 21-4 run in the fourth quarter to run away from the Los Angeles Clippers 126-107 on Thursday night.
“He got buckets,” head coach Quin Snyder said about Burks. “He’s capable of doing that. We rode him for a long time.”
“I think I learned a lot from playing hurt last year,” said Burks, who made 11 of 16 shots from the field. “What I can do on the court, I can read better, just slowing down. I think that showed tonight.”
The win is Utah’s fourth in a row, a season high. The Jazz also set a season high with 38 assists.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, including two more spectacular dunks.
Thabo Sefolosha and Ricky Rubio each had 15 points, while Jonas Jerebko added 14. Derrick Favors had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jazz made 17 three-pointers, one shy of its franchise high, and shot 58 percent from the field to climb back to the .500 mark at 11-11 on the season.
The Clippers trailed 94-93 early in the fourth quarter before Utah took command. The Jazz outscored the Clippers 32-20 in the final period.
“Our defense was awful in the first half,” Snyder said. “I thought in the second half, we dug in a little bit. We were moving it the whole game, we were moving the ball really well.”
The Clippers were playing without four starters, including all-star Blake Griffin.
But the Jazz also played without four injured players, including starting center Rudy Gobert and leading scorer Rodney Hood, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.
The Jazz are now 6-4 since Gobert went down with a knee injury.
“We’re getting there,” Jerebko said. “I think we’re scratching the surface on how good we can be.”
Utah will go for its fifth straight win Friday night at home against New Orleans.