Donovan Mitchell scored 32 of his 45 points in the second half as the Utah Jazz rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-109 on Tuesday night in Salt Lake City to take a 1-0 lead in the conference semifinals. West.
After the Jazz rallied in the second half to take a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, after losing as many as 14 points, the Clippers rallied late to get in position to force overtime.
However, the Utah defense denied them that opportunity. Rudy Gobert, the favorite to win a third Defensive Player of the Year award this postseason, blocked Marcus Morris’s final second 3-point attempt after the Jazz defense prevented Kawhi Leonard and Paul George from seeing well in the latter. fifteen.
THE SECOND CONTEST.
THE SEALING BLOCK OF THE GAME.
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– NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2021
The Jazz took the lead early in the series despite the absence of All-Star point guard Mike Conley, who was sidelined with a left hamstring strain.
Along with Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson helped take the offensive baton with 18 points each. Joe Ingles added eight points with seven assists, while Mitchell also dished out five dimes.
Leonard led the Clippers with 23 points and George added 20, but neither player shot well as Leonard made only 9 of 19 shots while George made 4 of 17. Luke Kennard played a big role in helping Los Angeles to stay in this game even though your stars don’t shine as brightly as usual.
After your game sealing lock, @ rudygobert27 He explains to us what his thought process was while defending the Clippers’ final possession.@utahjazz will seek the 2-0 series lead Thursday at 10 pm / et al on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/B8Q6MnLpxK
– NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2021
The Jazz had six days off since defeating the Grizzlies 4-1 in the first round, and they looked rusty for much of the first half. Meanwhile, the Clippers were just two days away from a thrilling Game 7 win over the Dallas Mavericks, and they came out strong in the first two quarters.
With minority Jazz owner Dwyane Wade giving him advice from the front row, Mitchell exploded in the third quarter to help Utah turn things around after the Clippers took a 60-47 lead at halftime. Mitchell scored 16 points in the fourth, including the first 10 points for the Jazz, and helped Utah regain the lead at 72-71 on a fast break with a pass to Royce O’Neale.
The Jazz used back-to-back 3s from Mitchell and Clarkson to take a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, eventually increasing to 10.
The beginning of this series began as strangely as the last Clippers series in which home teams lost the first six games. Utah jumped to a 10-2 run and seemed fine without Conley. However, that didn’t last long. The Jazz suffered a prolonged drought when the Clippers went 22-2 to go 24-12.
Utah ended up losing 25-18 at the end of the first quarter after hitting just 5 of 28 shots.
The Clippers continued the pressure in the second quarter, taking a 60-47 lead at halftime thanks to some shots from beyond the arc (11 of 23). LA maintained that huge lead despite a combined 3-for-13 half from George and Leonard.
Kennard led the Clippers in scoring in the first half with 11 points as the road bench gave the team a huge boost.
Gobert finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, including the game protector.
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