The Utah Jazz replicated their performance from Game 1 into Game 2, outclassing Los Angeles Clipper once again to notch a 117-111 on Thursday.
Donovan Mitchell captained the Utah side once again, but most of his task was made easy thanks to five Jazz players who scored in double digits. Quin Snyder’s men were comfortable in the court from the very beginning.
In fact, they led their quarter with 21 points owing to efficient shooting. But the moment the Jazz players went full throttle was when the LA Clippers then switched to a zone defence to stop the bleeding and started a run of their own.
The Clippers claimed a two-point lead with a subtle change in strategy and that’s when all of the Utah Jazz’s role players stepped up. They mounted a run of their own which inspired the likes of Joe Ingles as he made some big shots to earn vital points.
On the flip side, it was Bojan Bogdanovic who showed terrific defensive skills that helped him pocket Kawhi Leonard. Rudy Gobert kept the pace under control by controlling the paint when the LA Clippers went on a drought down the stretch.
In the end, the Jazz were in firm control of the proceedings again, which ultimately helped them get another important victory under their belt.
here are the major takeaways from the LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Game clash:
Donovan Mitchell leaves Clipper speechless
Jazz starlet Donovan Mitchell left LA heads scratching after another sublime outing against them in Game 2.
On Tuesday, he registered 45 points and notched 37 in Game 2 with the help of his vicious shooting skills. Mitchell’s easy boost bolstered Utah Jazz to achieve an early into the contest and early command of the flow of the game.
The 24-year-old got 27 of his total points on 11-of-16 shooting in the first half itself. When the third quarter began, the LA Clippers created hurdles for the Jazz star after seeing him demolish them in the previous two quarters.
The two-time All-Star got double-teamed but, he used his game experience in this case. Mitchell made hay by creating a dunk for Gobert and a three-pointer for Bogdanovic.
Now that’s something that not many basketball prodigies of his age can pull of, but Donovan Mitchell surely can.
The way he manoeuvered his game in the third quarter spoke volumes of his match-winning ability as that helped Utah clinch the win over such a strong-looking LA side.
Reggie Jackson’s efforts in vain
The second-half burst that Reggie Jackson provided was a glimpse worthy to be watched by the basketball community.
However, his efforts went in vain as this wasn’t enough for the Clippers to level the NBA Playoffs against Utah.
The 31-year-old gave the Clippers a solid chance to make a comeback in the third quarter as he scored 16 points and carried his hot hand into the fourth. This helped the LA Clippers inch closer to victory, but somehow the margin was way more than that.