The first two and a half quarters between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers was a back-and-forth affair. Rudy Gobert’s 23-point, 20-rebound effort, combined with Donovan Mitchell’s 24-points helped the Jazz to pull ahead in the third quarter and never look back. Utah would win the game 114-96 and extend their winning streak to nine games. They also are 20-1 in their last 21 games, tying their best stretch of games in franchise history.
The highlight of the game came with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter with the Jazz leading 95-82. Ivica Zubac drove into the paint for a layup which was rejected by Gobert’s outstretched arm. Mitchell grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the floor, dishing the pass off to Gobert who threw down a ferocious one-handed dunk to extend the Jazz lead to fifteen.
Utah’s 14-2, and 16-3 runs in the third and fourth quarters of the game put a dagger into the hearts of the Clippers, sealing the win and earning the tiebreaker in the playoff race.
Mike Conley missed his sixth game in a row with right hamstring tightness, while Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were out for their seventh and third games in a row due to foot and leg injuries.
The Jazz will once again face the Clippers on Friday at the Staples Center at 8PM MST on ESPN. Jazz listeners can also tune into David Locke and Ron Boone’s radio broadcast on 1280 The Zone or 97.5 FM.
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