The full strength of LA Clippers seemed to play their heart out to avenge Utah Jazz. Having been defeated earlier, LA Clippers inched-past NBA Leaders-Utah Jazz 116-112. Kawhi Leonard led the charge for the home team, scoring 29 points. Whereas reserve Lou Williams was impressive in knocking 19 points. Paul George returned to the line-up after a 7-game absence and knocked 15 points.
Donovan Mitchell scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half for the NBA-leading Jazz, who lost for just the second time in their last 22 games. Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points, reserve Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 rebounds as Utah fell to 24-6.
LA Clippers beat Utah Jazz to end the latter’s 9-game winning streak
The LA Clippers made the most of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George’s return to start off red-hot from the field. The Utah Jazz were yet to find their rhythm as Donovan Mitchell struggled from the floor. The hosts rushed to a 15-point lead before halftime.
Mitchell truly showed up after the break and dropped bucket after bucket to force a 20-point turnaround as the Utah Jazz clawed back to take the lead. It was a closely contested affair from there onwards but Leonard and Marcus Morris rose to the occasion for LA Clippers. The duo made some clutch shots and hustle plays to hold on for a hard-fought victory.
Neither team led by more than five points the rest of the third. Leonard, who returned after missing three games with a bruised leg, carried the Clippers with 14 points in the quarter after having just 12 in the first half. His pair of free throws sent Los Angeles into the fourth leading 79-75.