Kawhi Leonard and Paul George every scored 31 factors — the second straight recreation they’ve each had over 30 factors — and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 118-104 on Monday night time to even their Western Convention second-round sequence at two video games apiece.
Leonard offered the spotlight of the night time together with his dunk late within the second quarter. He obtained the ball simply past the 3-point line, drove previous Royce O’Neale within the lane after which slammed it over Derrick Favors to present the Clippers a 62-38 lead with 1:24 remaining within the second quarter.
“We’re attempting to be aggressive in addition to being aggressive for others. It is a wholesome combine to have the ability to do each,” stated George, who was enjoying in his a centesimal profession postseason recreation.
Leonard and George have every scored not less than 20 factors in all 11 video games this postseason. They’re simply the third duo in NBA historical past to try this in a staff’s first 11 playoff video games and the primary since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in 2003.
Jerry West, who watched Monday’s recreation from courtside, and Elgin Baylor have been the opposite duo with the 1962 Lakers.
Marcus Morris added 24 factors and went 5 of 6 on 3-pointers for fourth-seeded Los Angeles. Sport 5 is Wednesday night time in Salt Lake Metropolis.
“I believed it was our protection the place we set the tone. We have been in a position to get out in transition,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue stated.
Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 37 factors, making him the primary participant since Golden State’s Stephen Curry in 2019 to have six straight 30-point video games within the playoffs.
Joe Ingles added 19 and Bojan Bogdanovic 18 for the top-seeded Jazz, who has misplaced back-to-back playoff video games for the primary time this yr.
“We have been enjoying exhausting. We have been competing. We weren’t enjoying good in that we weren’t linked,” Utah coach Quin Snyder stated. “That confirmed with the 13-point first quarter that we have been attempting to assault, however we weren’t attacking as a lot — we weren’t placing ourselves in conditions the place we may have success, I believe.
Utah received the tip and scored on Bogdanovic’s dunk earlier than the Clippers scored the following 10 factors and by no means appeared again as Leonard had 5 factors through the early run.
LA’s largest lead within the first quarter was 19 because it was 6 of 12 on 3-pointers and compelled six Utah turnovers.
Morris hit a pair of free throws with 5:21 remaining to place the Clippers up 51-22, which was their largest lead of the night time. That they had a 24-point benefit at halftime (68-44), which is tied for his or her second greatest in postseason franchise historical past.
LA led 105-85 with 6:48 remaining earlier than the Jazz countered with a 17-7 run to chop it in half with 2:10 left.
Jazz: NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months Rudy Gobert was in foul hassle many of the night time and completed with 11 factors. … Jordan Clarkson was solely 3 of 12 from the sector and a pair of of 8 on 3-pointers after averaging 5.3 constructed from past the arc within the first three video games. … G Mike Conley remained out attributable to a proper hamstring pressure. Snyder didn’t have an up to date timetable on when Conley may return.
Clippers: Morris Sr. is 16 of 27 (59.3%) on 3-pointers throughout LA’s six postseason victories however is 7 of 33 (21.2%) within the 5 losses. … Patrick Beverley had a postseason career-high 4 blocks. … G Rajon Rondo was inactive attributable to proper knee soreness. Lue stated earlier than the sport that he deliberate to stay with a nine-player rotation shifting ahead.
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