Following a strong showing against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home last Saturday, the Utah Jazz couldn’t get their offense going until a stretch in the fourth quarter Tuesday night on the road against the L.A. Clippers and fell 102-84.
The turning point: With the score 42-41 at halftime in favor of L.A., the Clippers opened the third quarter on an 18-2 run to build a 60-43 advantage. The Jazz got to within six with just over four minutes remaining, but couldn't get any closer than that.
- The Clippers won the third quarter, 33-15.
- Utah shot just 7 of 28 from behind the 3-point line and only made five through three quarters.
- The Clippers scored 52 points in the paint compared to just 34 for the Jazz.
The hero: Blake Griffin led L.A. with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists and a block. Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers finished with 19 and 16 points respectively, and made big shots down the stretch. For Utah, Donovan Mitchell had just four points through three quarters thanks to poor shooting, but scored 15 in the fourth to key Utah's run, finishing with 19.
Next up: at Phoenix (1-3), Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. MDT
On deck: vs. Los Angeles Lakers (1-2), Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. MDT