Mitchell, Jazz beat Clippers 124-103 for eighth straight win

Mitchell, Jazz beat Clippers 124-103 for eighth straight win




SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, Bojan Bogdanovic made…

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, Bojan Bogdanovic made six 3-pointers and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-103 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight win.

Jordan Clarkson scored 21, Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Bogdanovic additional 20 points. Utah shot 53% from the field.

Marcus Morris had 24 points and Eric Bledsoe additional 21 for the Clippers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

The last time the Clippers and the Jazz met on the court, Los Angeles came back from a 2-0 deficit in the Western Conference semifinals and deleted the Jazz with an unheard of reappearance from 25 points down in the series-ending game.

While Kawhi Leonard also missed that noticable playoff clincher and is nevertheless out recovering from right knee surgery, the Clippers did have Paul George and Nicolas Batum. This time around, L.A. was also short those two dominant players.

Mitchell scored 13 in the third quarter and powered a 9-0 burst that gave the Jazz their largest rule of the game at 87-70 on his 3-pointer.

The Clippers battled back to within single digits several times but never could get closer than seven. The Jazz, usually Mitchell, had an answer each time as they were able to penetrate for inside baskets or dish out to an open perimeter shooter.

The Jazz put the game out of reach when Bogdanovic hit two corners 3s around Gobert’s block of Morris. Clarkson hit another 3-pointer and Gobert had an emphatic follow dunk to make it 119-97 for the Jazz with 3:49 remaining.

The Jazz are playing in addition as they have all season, including winning all four on their recently completed road trip. Mitchell has led Utah in scoring during all eight games of the current streak, averaging 29 points and five assists during that span and shooting 54% from the field.

Jackson sparked a 12-0 Clippers run in the second quarter with a 3-pointer, but the Jazz rule 65-59 at the half thanks to Bogdanovic’s 4-for-4 from 3-point range and Clarkson’s 14 points.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Bledsoe made all six of his shots in the first half along with five assists and five rebounds. He hasn’t scored more than 21 points since the season-opening game against Golden State … The Clippers had 16 turnovers which the Jazz converted into 18 points. Los Angeles only got two points off Utah’s nine giveaways.

Jazz: Earlier Wednesday, Utah introduced former Boston Celtic President Danny Ainge as alternate governor and CEO of Jazz Basketball and the Smith Entertainment Group. … Ingles got a technical foul in the second quarter. … Mitchell hit his last seven shots.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Jazz: great number the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

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