Donovan Mitchell’s goal put the Utah Jazz ahead and their defense closed the door.
Mitchell had 37 points and Jazz had nine straight points Thursday night to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. ‘forced to miss.
Mitchell caught the game with a driver’s kick with 43 seconds left, but suffered a minor injury to his leg with 10 seconds left due to Paul George’s rudeness. He made one of two free kicks after hobbing on the line.
“I’m fine now. I’ve been in here and if you want me to walk faster, I can. I’m fine,” Mitchell said.
The Guardian is the first Jazz player to score at least 35 points in the playoffs since Carl Malone in 1988, but as the game went on, the points got harder.
“I don’t feel like I have to go out there and do everything. I think it’s very important for the kids on our team because they can get out there. Everyone has taken their game to the next level,” Mitchell said. .
Jordan Clarkson scored 24 goals, including six 3-pointers, Joe Ingles 19 points, Rudy Gobert 13 points and the top 20 goals in his career playoffs.
The clipmakers are led by Reggie Jackson with 29 points and George with 27 points. Kavi Leonard scored 21 points, but managed just two in the fourth quarter.
The series moves to Los Angeles on Saturday for Game 3.
After the Clippers took the lead in 101-99 after 3 consecutive performances by Jackson, Jazz missed nine in a row, closing the Ingles with a 3-2 record of 14-2. repeatedly forced the movement to intensify. To play 07.
“You can’t dig yourself a hole like that against a good team. Then you have to do your best to get back into the game and you don’t have enough to finish,” said Clippers coach Thuron Lue.
In the second half, the Clippers mixed up a few covers, cut the tracks that usually have a clean Jazz 3-point look, and Jackson got hot.
“We punched, but we picked ourselves up and stopped clearly,” Utah coach Quinn Snyder said.
Mitchell scored 27 points in the first half – the Utah player’s most successful result in the last 25 years – making the Jazz an early leader and then pushing Utah to a 66-53 break at the end of the second quarter.
“I’ve seen all kinds of coverage. I need to read it right,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell hit 11 of 16 in the first half and did the same in the second half of Game 1. He averaged 59 points in 22 of 32 in four quarters.
Demonstrator Mitchell said he wanted to save energy with the specific physical demands of the playoffs, but he couldn’t help but show emotion in one of his most spectacular outcomes.
“So it was for me, I leave my mark … it was my idea, I would be aggressive and I would choose my own place,” Mitchell said.
Mike Conley missed his second game in the Utah-Memphis series final after injuring his hamstring, but the Jazz have now won six playoff games.
In the third quarter, Jackson scored 16 points and Jazz finally started hitting the active Clippers zone. When Marcus Morris drove the road and turned a bent shot to reach 82-78, their 21-point lead dropped to four. The clipmakers made their comeback without Leonard, who spent a lot of time with four errors.
“We’re just going to keep them on their heels and not let them get into the designated defense,” Jackson said. “What I love about life is the law of averages. We had to overheat.”
For most of the game, the Clippers found Gobert always on the go, and resorted to double pumps and strange corners in shots in a basket that wasn’t blocked by a long-sleeved Frenchman.
Instead of being small, the Clippers faced Gobert, who had bad problems in the first half, with DeMarcus Cousins and Ivica Zubak.
Clippers: After recording the best free-kick percentage in the regular season (83.9%), the Clippers were 20 out of 23.… Jackson’s 16 points in the third quarter were the most in a quarter of the following season. it has been.
Jazz: Coach Quinn Snyder and his owner, Ryan Smith, presented Gobert with the Best Defender of the Year award before handing it over. … Jazz performed 20 3-pointers (39 attempts) to set the franchise’s playoff record.
DEFENSE Defense hero
Gobert draws attention as a defensive anchor of jazz, but Bojan Bogdanovich was discussed after the game in the dressing room in Utah.
“Bojan’s defense was great. He played that role and he did that job. We always joke with him and look at Bojan and say, ‘Hey, we’ll pay you to shoot,'” Mitchell said.
Bogdanovich, who scored 16 points, took Leonard’s full field and led him to two points in the fourth quarter in a 1-of-4 shootout and two laps.
“Bojan’s actions tonight should not go unnoticed. What he did reflects when he talks about the fighter,” Snyder said, noting that his defense is still a star after he turns his ankle.