The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win. This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams. The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3. The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.
The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent. Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer. Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc. Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.
The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent. 2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds. Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points. Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.
As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer. Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds. Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.
The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field. Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds. Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected. Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.
For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points. Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench. Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.
The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field. Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers. Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.
The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer. Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field. DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz. Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.