SALT LAKE CITY – Paul George scored 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night.
Marcus Morris scored 25 points and Reggie Jackson added 22 for the Clippers. Los Angeles won its third straight game to push the seeded Jazz to the brink of elimination. The Clippers shot 51% from the field with Kawhi Leonard in the lineup.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 32 points, while hitting nine 3-pointers, to lead Utah. Donovan Mitchell added 21 points. Rudy Gobert contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for jazz.
Utah and Los Angeles want to play Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles.
The Jazz fell behind for the entire fourth quarter after making just six baskets in the third quarter. Utah cut the deficit to 100-97 when Mitchell converted a 3-point play with 5:46 left. Jackson responded with back-to-back baskets to crush a return to jazz. Utah couldn’t get any closer after that point.
The Clippers played their first postseason game without Leonard after he suffered a knee injury in Game 4. Mike Conley missed his fifth straight game for the Jazz while rehabbing a hamstring.
Los Angeles took an early 10-3 lead after Terence Mann took a steal on a layup to cap a series of four baskets on four straight possessions. Los Angeles couldn’t hold the lead for long after Utah started cooking from the perimeter.
The Jazz made a franchise record of 10 triples and shot 13 of 18 from the field overall in the first quarter. Bogdanovic led the way, 6-of-7 from the outside, tying an NBA postseason record for most 3s in a single quarter. He scored the last four outside baskets on four straight possessions to put Utah up 32-26.
Utah maintained the barrage in the second quarter and was 17-of-30 from 3-point range before halftime. The Jazz built up a 10-point lead during the quarter, going 56-46 when Gobert leaned on a layup to score a 13-2 run.
Los Angeles weathered the storm and took the lead again early in the third quarter. The Clippers opened the second half with a 23-9 run capped by consecutive 3s by George and Mann and took an 83-74 lead midway through the quarter.
Clippers: Mann made his first career start in a playoff game in place of the injured Leonard. He finished with 13 points and two steals … Los Angeles scored 17 points from Utah’s 11 turnovers in the first half … George posted his third straight 30-point game. He has scored at least 20 points in his five games against the Jazz.
Jazz: Bogdanovic became the fourth player to make at least six 3-pointers in a single quarter during the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs … Utah had more turnovers (6) than missed baskets (5) in the first quarter … The Jazz missed 17 straight shots from the perimeter before Mitchell ended the drought with a 3-pointer with 4:05 left. Utah was 0 of 10 from 3-point range in the third quarter alone.