Kelvin Kuo, FR170752 AP
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, right, handles the ball as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The Jazz won 126-107. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
LOS ANGELES — The big-time marquee stars weren’t shining in Los Angeles Thursday.
Not on the court at least.
With both teams battling a bevy of injuries, the surging Utah Jazz entered the Staples Center Thursday night to face the Los Angeles Clippers.
For Los Angeles, that meant no Blake Griffin (knee), Patrick Beverley (knee) and Milos Teodosic (foot).
Utah was forced to play without Rudy Gobert (knee), Joe Johnson (wrist), Raul Neto (hamstring), Rodney Hood (ankle) and Dante Exum (shoulder).
Even with the game’s injury report reading more like a checklist for Santa Claus, guys stepped up in their absence to contribute major roles — notably Alec Burks, who came off the bench to chip in a season-high 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists while veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha added 15 points.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell also threw down a pair of thunderous dunks worthy of SportsCenter Top 10 attention as Utah was able to collect its fourth straight victory and second on the road, 126-107. Mitchell ended with 24 points and six assists but his high-flying alley-oop off a Joe Ingles lob in the second quarter and his fast-break one-handed jam in the fourth were both eye-popping.
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Road wins aren’t easy to come by nowadays, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder understands the difficulty.
“Well they’re trying. The Clippers are in a tough spot right now,” Snyder said. “We play these games and we realize that we’re depleted but they’re in a tough spot so you feel for them but you want to play the same way no matter who we’re playing, and we want the guys to be unselfish and that’s what they did tonight.”