(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong).
"It's a great arena", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the Jazz's Salt Lake City home court.
As a side note, make sure to get your Los Angeles Clippers tickets to that return game in LA.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (right) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute defends. But, for reals? If LA was filled with so many bad ashes, why didn't they do this in game one?
Utah proved again that it won't shatter without its Defensive Player of the Year candidate in the middle, keeping contact throughout even though Paul (21 points, 10 assists), Griffin (24 points) and DeAndre Jordan (18 points, 15 rebounds) all delivered standout performances. "We had a couple of days being pretty pissed off", Blake Griffin admitted. "Besides the first quarter (29-18 deficit), I felt like we did all right". That's what we need. Gordon Missed a few really open shots as well. "Our offensive aggressiveness will carry over to defense".
The Los Angeles Clippers face a tough summer ahead, with stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin becoming free agents, along with sharpshooter J.J. Jordan's tomahawk jam put an exclamation on the end of the period.
If Utah hopes to go home up 2-0, they'll have to do so without center Rudy Gobert - the NBA's leading shot blocker this season - who has been ruled out of Game 2 after hyper-extending his knee on the first possession of Game 1.More news: Israeli troops kill Palestinian who rammed West Bank bus stop: army
With the series featuring two teams that play very different styles, the Jazz beat the Clippers by forcing them to play their brand of basketball. His first bucket came on a runout, his second came on a spectacular dunk through traffic, and his third came as he muscled Joe Johnson for paint position and received an opportunistic throw-ahead pass.
The Clippers led by as many as 13 in the first half before seizing a 51-42 lead at the break. "We wanted to win the first game, but we didn't", Jordan said after the game. center DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers increased their inside scoring by 50% over Game 1, canning 60 of their 99 points from up-close.
"I think they'd be ready to play, regardless", Snyder said.
The Jazz played without the injured Rudy Gobert, who sustained a knee injury in Game 1 on Saturday. They chipped away at the Clippers' lead all game, getting it down to six points in the fourth quarter.
Gobert's absence is one of the advantages for the Los Angeles Clippers on Game 2. "Under the circumstances, I think he's in a good place and his focus is on trying to get back as quickly as he can", Snyder said. The Clippers would run pick-and-roll plays at Favors, which forced him to corral the dribbler. At one point, Paul's mouthpiece went flying and landed on the opposite side of the court.
Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. The shooting guard managed just seven points and took only six shots, converting three, in the opener. Like, they support their team, which is good. They were 44 of 84 from the field.