Donovan Mitchell scored 37 factors and the Utah Jazz pressured 9 straight misses down the stretch to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 and take a 2-0 lead of their Western Convention semifinal sequence
SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 37 factors and the Utah Jazz pressured 9 straight misses down the stretch to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 on Thursday night time and take a 2-0 lead of their Western Convention semifinal sequence.
Mitchell clinched the sport with a driving shot with 43 seconds remaining however then appeared to harm his leg barely on a foul by Paul George with 10 seconds to play. He made certainly one of two free throws after hobbling to the road.
The guard is the primary Jazz participant with no less than 35 factors in back-to-back playoff video games since Karl Malone in 1988.
Jordan Clarkson scored 24, together with six 3-pointers, whereas Joe Ingles had 19 factors and Rudy Gobert contributed 13 factors and a profession playoff-high 20 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson led the Clippers with 29 factors and George had 27. Kawhi Leonard scored 21 factors however managed simply two within the fourth quarter.
The sequence shifts to Los Angeles on Saturday for Recreation 3.
As soon as the Clippers took their solely lead at 101-99 after consecutive 3-pointers by Jackson, the Jazz pressured 9 consecutive misses to energy a 14-2 run that was capped by Ingles’ 3-pointer to make it 113-103 with 3:07 to play.
Within the second half, the Clippers blended a number of coverages and reduce off the passing lanes that often garner the Jazz clear 3-point seems and Jackson obtained scorching.
Mitchell scored 27 first-half factors — essentially the most by a Utah participant within the final 25 years — to spark the Jazz to an early lead after which a late second-quarter push to spice up Utah to a 66-53 halftime lead.
Mitchell shot 11 of 16 within the first half and did the identical within the second half of Recreation 1. He tallied 59 factors on 22-of-32 capturing over these 4 quarters.
The demonstrative Mitchell has mentioned he desires to preserve power with the distinctive bodily calls for of the playoffs, however he couldn’t assist displaying emotion one a few of his spectacular finishes.
Mike Conley missed his second sport after injuring his hamstring late within the Utah-Memphis sequence finale however the Jazz have now gained six straight playoff video games.
Jackson scored 16 factors within the third quarter and the Jazz lastly began lacking photographs towards an energetic Clippers zone. Their 21-point lead shrunk to 4 when Marcus Morris drove the lane and flipped in a leaning shot to make it 82-78. The Clippers made their comeback with out Leonard, who sat a lot of the interval with 4 fouls.
For a lot of the sport, the Clippers regarded for Gobert every time they ventured into the lane and resorted to double-pumps and odd angles on the photographs on the basket that weren’t blocked by the long-armed Frenchman.
Leonard, George and Patrick Beverley have been among the many Clippers that shadowed Mitchell along with throwing double-teams on the Utah guard properly past the 3-point line.
As an alternative of going small, the Clippers countered Gobert with DeMarcus Cousins and Ivica Zubac, who was hampered with foul hassle within the first half.
Clippers: After posting the league’s all-time finest free throw share within the common season (83.9%), the Clippers made 20 of 23. … Jackson’s 16 third-quarter factors have been essentially the most he’s scored in a single quarter within the postseason. … LA outscored Utah within the paint 42-32.
Jazz: Coach Quin Snyder and proprietor Ryan Smith offered Gobert his third Defensive Participant of the 12 months Award earlier than tipoff. … Ingles obtained a flagrant foul for an arm to the top of Beverley after the Clippers guard fouled him early within the fourth quarter. … The Jazz made 20 3-pointers (on 39 makes an attempt) to set a franchise playoff document.