Donovan Mitchell scores 45, rallies jazz ahead of Clippers – WKRG News 5



Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) and Royce O’Neale (23) defend against Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, center, in the first half of Game 1 of a basketball playoff series. NBA second round ball on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Donovan Mitchell scored 45 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 112-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semi-final series on Tuesday night.

Mitchell did most of his work in the second half, scoring 32 points to rally the Jazz from a double-digit deficit. Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic collected 18 points each. Mitchell and Clarkson combined for 12 3-pointers.

“I didn’t do a lot of good things for my team in the first half and it gnawed at me,” said Mitchell.

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points to lead Los Angeles. Paul George had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Kennard added 18 points while setting a record four to 3 points.

Utah and Los Angeles will play Game 2 on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

“We had a pretty good pace in the first half,” said Leonard. “We got into the third quarter quite flat, but it’s a good defensive team. They played hard tonight and they fought the whole game.

The Jazz trailed up to 14 points before rallying and overtaking the Clippers in the fourth quarter. Utah took the lead in earnest in a 21-9 run blocked by Bogdanovic’s 3 points. His second gave the Jazz a 103-93 lead with 5:22 remaining.

George scored 3 points to reduce the deficit to 112-109 in the last minute. But Rudy Gobert blocked a potentially equalizing shot from Marcus Morris with a second left to preserve the victory.

“Personally, I enjoy these moments,” said Gobert. “I embrace these moments.”

The Jazz turned icy on offense in the first quarter. Utah took a 10-2 lead after Mitchell made a pair of 3s. Over the next 8.5 minutes, the Jazz missed 20 consecutive shots. 15 of the 20 shots were contested by the Clippers. Utah started 3-of-25 on the field before Clarkson buried a three-cornered corner to break the ice.

“We had games where we didn’t shoot well,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “These are the games where you have to rely on your defense. What I’m happy about is that we haven’t stopped filming. We have tried to look better.

Los Angeles capitalized on the long drought with a 22-2 streak. Kennard buried three 3 points to put the Clippers ahead 24-12 at the end of the quarter.

Hot outside shots backed Los Angeles in the second quarter and kept Utah at bay. The Clippers went from 7 of 12 to 3 points in the quarter. Four of those baskets came in a streak where they scored on six straight possessions, culminating with Rajon Rondo’s outside basket, to extend their lead to 51-37.

“We did a great job in the first half and then came out a bit slow in the third quarter, not making the right play and not making any shots as they sort of started offensively,” said l coach of the Clippers Tyronne Lue.

Mitchell took over from the start of the third quarter. He scored four straight baskets to open the quarter and totaled 16 points in nine minutes. His efforts helped the Jazz regain a 72-71 lead at the end of a 13-4 streak. Mitchell scored back-to-back baskets to fuel the run and assisted Royce O’Neale’s go-ahead layup.

“I’m just happy with the way I was able to control the pace,” said Mitchell. “It’s something I’ve tried to make progress with throughout my career. “


Clippers: Serge Ibaka (back spasms) did not play. … DeMarcus Cousins ​​made his playoff debut and finished with six points and three rebounds in four minutes. Cousins ​​did not appear in any of the first round games against Dallas. … George went 4 of 17 from the field.

Jazz: Mike Conley (right hamstring strain) didn’t play. … Mitchell shot 11 of 17 from the field in the second half. … Gobert and O’Neale combined for 23 rebounds. … Utah did not score a two-point basket in the first quarter, dropping 0 of 8 inside the 3-point line.


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