Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Assist Clippers Beat Jazz 132-106, Reduce Deficit to 2-1 – NBC Los Angeles
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was searching for a primary efficiency from each Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. They each delivered Grade A video games to get Los Angeles again into its second-round collection in opposition to Utah.
Leonard scored 34 factors and George added 31 within the Clippers’ 132-106 victory in Sport 3 on Saturday evening. It’s the second time each have scored at the very least 30 in the identical playoff recreation, and helped No. 4 seed LA minimize top-seeded Utah’s collection result in 2-1.
“We all know that they’re two of one of the best within the league,” Lue stated. “Like I stated yesterday, I don’t go to Mastro’s to order the ketchup. I’m going to order the steak. And tonight, our guys need steak. That’s what we want.”
George shot solely 34.3% from the sector within the first two video games however was 12 of 24, together with 6 of 10 on 3-pointers. He had 13 factors within the second quarter, eight throughout a 13-2 run when LA seized management and took a 57-41 benefit with 2:54 remaining.
“I believe I simply shot my photographs, received the photographs I’m most snug with and caught with it,” George stated.
Leonard scored 24 factors within the second half. It’s his fourth profession postseason recreation with at the very least 30 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Three have are available his two seasons with the Clippers.
The large nights from Leonard and George helped offset one other high-scoring recreation from Donovan Mitchell. The guard led Utah with 30 factors, his fifth straight video games with at the very least 30. The final participant to do this was Leonard final 12 months within the first spherical in opposition to Dallas.
“We type of allow them to get snug. George hit some photographs, however we are able to make it harder on him and Kawhi,” Mitchell stated.
Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum added 17 factors apiece for the Clippers. LA had struggled from the perimeter within the first two video games however was 19 of 36 on 3-pointers with many approaching open seems to be.
“Pictures go in or not, our job is to maintain being aggressive for ourselves and others,” Leonard stated. “If Paul has it going, we’re going to go to him. If I received it going, it’s going to come back to me. But when anyone else on the crew has it going, we’re going to attempt to get them the subsequent shot as nicely.”
Joe Ingles had 19 factors for Utah and Jordan Clarkson added 14. The Jazz had been 19 of 44 on 3-pointers, however 17 of 40 contained in the arc because the Clippers’ zone protection brought about issues. Utah dedicated 16 turnovers, which led to 24 LA factors.
“I’ve stated it the final two video games as nicely. Kawhi and PG, they’re able to actually making performs and so they made performs for different individuals. There’s going to be instances the place it’s robust to cease them from making photographs,” Utah coach Quin Snyder stated. “A few of the breakdowns and the cleaner seems to be that they get, significantly tonight I assumed in transition after we attacked the basket there’s received to be urgency to acknowledge that scenario and actually get again and present a crowd the place they don’t have clear lanes to the basket.”
Mitchell appeared to tweak his ankle halfway by the fourth quarter and didn’t return to the sport. Snyder and Mitchell each stated that the sport was out of hand by that time.
“I really feel like I used to be in a position to return, however no have to threat it down 16, 18 at that time,” Mitchell stated. “It doesn’t make sense to return on the market and probably tweak it. Simply relaxation and prepare for the subsequent recreation.
Mitchell missed his first 4 photographs, together with a pair of drives to the basket, and didn’t make his first basket till there was 7:34 left within the second quarter. He then proceeded to attain Utah’s subsequent 16 factors, which included 4 3-pointers.
It was the primary time in his final 23 video games that Mitchell had gone scoreless within the first quarter.
“We simply made an emphasis that he’s not going to beat us tonight,” stated George of Mitchell. “We’re going to power everyone else to play and we’re simply not going to let him stroll in photographs tonight and get the seems to be that he wished early tonight.
Jazz: Ruby Gobert had 12 factors and 10 rebounds. … Clarkson was assessed a Flagrant-1 foul for slapping Ivica Zubac within the face after a rebound 20 seconds into the second quarter. … Guard Mike Conley missed his third straight recreation due to a gentle proper hamstring pressure.
Clippers: LA had misplaced eight straight playoff video games at Staples Heart however has gained its final two. … Jackson had 5 3-pointers, Batum added 4 and Luke Kennard had a pair within the second half to maintain the lead in double digits.