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Clippers Win Game Two Against Jazz To Tie Series


After a disappointing game one loss the Los Angeles Clippers were placed in a must-win situation early on in this opening round series against the Utah Jazz. In game two they delivered.

Rudy Gobert, who sat this game out for Utah after injuring his knee in game one, was clearly missed by his team. Los Angeles meanwhile did what they failed to do in game one, take advantage of his absence. They did so by putting up a staggering 60 points in the paint, many of those came from the Clippers bigs. DeAndre Jordan became the aggressor in the post and the Jazz had no match for his power.

Jordan was the catalyst in this matchup for the Clippers and the team was not nearly as dominant when he took a seat. Jordan was shined in his performance ending up with 18 points and 15 rebounds by the time this one was over.

While Jordan showed his aggression in the post, Chris Paul showed his well everywhere else. It was obvious the result from game one upset Paul and when Paul is upset that is almost always bad for the opponent.

Paul was all over the court in the 33 minutes he played. Putting up an impressive 21 points, 10 assists and 3 steals.

While Paul looked possessed on the perimeter and Jordan owned the paint, Blake Griffin was showing off a new arsenal of post moves.

Whether it was Boris Diaw or Joe Johnson on Griffin in this contest neither seemed to be very effective. Griffin closed out his night with a game-high 24 points including a dagger three with just over a minute to go.

Even with those three playing so effectively there were some negatives for the Clippers. The bench was an absolute liability. Mo Speights and Jamal Crawford both are tremendous offensive weapons off the bench but they both struggle so mightily defensively that having them on the floor together can make you cringe. Crawford led all bench scorers with just 8 points and if he doesn’t perform better defensively the Clippers will need more from him on that end moving forward.

Leading wire to wire the Clippers would prevail over the Jazz 99-91 to knot the series up at 1.

This series will head to Salt Lake City for games three and four. Game three taking place Friday. A much-needed win for Los Angeles and the performance they received from their key players was clutch.

Thanks for reading along Clipper Nation. Here’s to taking the series lead on the road.

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