With another 37-point display from Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz prevailed 117-111 Thursday in a fierce confrontation with the Los Angeles Clippers, leading 2-0 in the semifinals of the NBA Western Conference.
Mitchell resumed the effectiveness shown in the first game, in which he scored 45 points, with a spectacular first half in which he added 27 points with 5 triples.
On the other side of the court his teammate Rudy Gobert, brand new Defensive Player of the Year for the third time, was a nightmare for the Clippers attack with 13 points, 20 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks.
The Los Angeles franchise, with Reggie Jackson (29 points) and Paul George (27) in front, managed to overcome a deficit of 21 points and force a tight finish but the Jazz did not let the victory escape with a bombardment from the line of three.
Mitchell, Ingles, Bogdanovic and company added a total of 20 triples, tying the team’s playoff record, with an outstanding 51.3% accuracy.
With this loss, the Clippers are again 2-0 behind as in the first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks, whom they ended up beating 4-3 in the seventh game. (GG) (AFP)