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Lob City smash: Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, even series at 1-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Buoyed by a newfound sense of urgency, the Clippers took it to the Utah Jazz from the opening tip. The patch of real estate under the basket was all theirs, all game.

Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had a double-double in the Clippers' 99-91 victory on Tuesday night that evened their playoff series at 1-1.

Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38.

''It was big,'' Griffin said. ''Our spirit was great, and I think it just carried over into the first quarter, with everybody being aggressive. That's what we need. Miss or make shots, we have to be aggressive like that. Our offensive aggressiveness will carry over to defense.''

Los Angeles stormed to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, reeling off the kind of dunks that earned the team's Lob City moniker years ago. Jordan's tomahawk jam put an exclamation on the end of the period.

The Big Three of Griffin, Jordan and Paul combined on 10-of-13 shooting and six rebounds in the first, when the Clippers shot 65 percent. They outscored the Jazz 18-0 in the paint.

''They played with an intensity and level from the beginning of the game,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''It was impressive.''

There was more to come in the second. Griffin powered down two dunks and Jordan again ended the scoring with an alley-oop slam from Jamal Crawford that sent the Clippers into halftime leading 51-42.

''We got a lot of stops early in the game,'' Jordan said. ''We were able to get out and run in transition and get some easy dunks and post steals for Blake, and then it opens up for our shooters.''

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points. Joe Johnson, whose floater at the buzzer gave them a two-point win in Game 1, added 13 points off the bench.

The Jazz never led in the game and got no closer than six points in the fourth.

''The first quarter is what really got us, and they hit us a little bit, set us back in Game 1, as well,'' Hayward said. ''We definitely have to be better in the first quarter, but besides the first quarter we played them pretty even.''

Utah closed within three points early in the third on a basket by Derrick Favors, who started in place of injured Rudy Gobert. But Paul answered with a 3-pointer, then stole the ball from George Hill and cruised in for a layup before J.J. Redick scored, capping a 7-0 spurt to push the lead back to double digits.

Without Gobert to patrol the middle, the Clippers easily had their way.

''We got to find other ways to protect the paint. That's the challenge,'' Snyder said. ''There's no sense lamenting his absence. Just got to figure out how to be better.''

The Clippers played defense down the stretch. Jordan came out to the perimeter to hound Hayward, while Griffin got in Johnson's face. At one point, Paul's mouthpiece went flying and landed on the opposite side of the court.

Griffin took a page out of Paul's repertoire and buried a 3-pointer from the left corner, extending the Clippers' lead to 97-88 with 1:35 to play.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Gobert, who injured his knee just 17 seconds into the series opener, joined two assistant coaches for a pregame meal in the media dining room, an area rarely visited by players. ''He's trying to get back as quick as he can,'' Snyder said. ... In the second half, four costumed cows jumped up and down behind Utah's basket, trying to distract free-throw shooters as part of a chicken sandwich promotion.

Clippers: They made just eight trips to the free throw line. ... Jordan fouled out with 52 seconds left in the game and Paul had four fouls. ... Griffin received a technical in the first quarter; the team also had one in Game 1.

OUTSIDE STRUGGLES

As good as the Clippers were inside, they struggled from outside. They were 44 of 84 from the field. Shooting guards J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford exemplified the drought. Redick was 2 of 7 for 4 points, while Crawford was 3 of 12 for 10 points. Combined, the duo missed all seven of their 3-point attempts. ''We need to open it up a little bit. We've got to make some shots,'' Rivers said.

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Friday in Salt Lake City.

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Key Players
G. Hayward
20 SF
B. Griffin
32 PF
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
20.9 Pts. Per Game 20.9
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
46.6 Field Goal % 48.9
45.8 Three Point % 46.1
85.0 Free Throw % 76.5
  Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin 0:07
  Joe Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 1 Jamal Crawford made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Jamal Crawford made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on George Hill 0:13
  Personal foul on Joe Johnson 0:21
+ 2 Joe Ingles made driving layup 0:21
  Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles 0:31
  Jamal Crawford missed floating jump shot 0:33
+ 1 Derrick Favors made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:52
  Team rebound 0:52
Team Stats
Points 91 99
Field Goals 32-70 (45.7%) 44-84 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 10-25 (40.0%) 6-20 (30.0%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 5-8 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 39 47
Offensive 3 8
Defensive 30 31
Team 6 8
Assists 15 26
Steals 7 7
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 16 23
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
G. Hayward SF 20
20 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
C. Paul PG 3
21 PTS, 2 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo5 Jazz 1-1 1824282191
home team logo4 Clippers 1-12922282099
Team Stats
away team logoJazz 1-1 97.8 PPG 39.1 RPG 19.7 APG
home team logoClippers 1-1 97.7 PPG 37.7 RPG 18.4 APG
Key Players
G. Hayward SF PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Griffin PF 20.3 PPG 6.0 RPG 2.3 APG 49.0 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Hayward SF 20 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
B. Griffin PF 24 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
45.7 FG% 52.4
40.0 3PT FG% 30.0
77.3 FT% 62.5
Jazz
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hayward 38 20 6 2 0 0 1 1 5/15 3/6 7/7 0 6 29 -17
D. Favors 33 13 7 0 0 1 0 2 5/7 0/0 3/5 1 6 21 -11
G. Hill 36 12 7 4 0 0 3 3 5/12 2/6 0/0 0 7 24 -4
J. Ingles 32 9 6 3 3 0 4 3 3/5 2/3 1/2 0 6 20 -2
B. Diaw 25 7 1 3 1 1 2 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 0 1 14 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hayward 38 20 6 2 0 0 1 1 5/15 3/6 7/7 0 6 29 -17
D. Favors 33 13 7 0 0 1 0 2 5/7 0/0 3/5 1 6 21 -11
G. Hill 36 12 7 4 0 0 3 3 5/12 2/6 0/0 0 7 24 -4
J. Ingles 32 9 6 3 3 0 4 3 3/5 2/3 1/2 0 6 20 -2
B. Diaw 25 7 1 3 1 1 2 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 0 1 14 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Johnson 28 13 1 1 1 0 1 3 6/15 0/4 1/2 0 1 16 +1
R. Hood 24 10 2 0 1 0 2 1 3/7 1/3 3/4 0 2 11 +3
S. Mack 11 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 1 8 -4
J. Withey 8 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 0 7 -1
A. Burks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lyles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 91 33 15 7 2 13 16 32/70 10/25 17/22 3 30 150 -40
Clippers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 38 24 5 2 0 1 0 0 11/21 1/2 1/1 1 4 34 +10
C. Paul 32 21 2 10 3 1 5 4 9/15 3/4 0/0 0 2 42 +9
D. Jordan 34 18 15 0 1 1 1 6 9/11 0/0 0/3 3 12 34 +12
J. Redick 32 4 2 2 2 0 1 5 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 +8
L. Mbah a Moute 37 4 8 2 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 5 16 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 38 24 5 2 0 1 0 0 11/21 1/2 1/1 1 4 34 +10
C. Paul 32 21 2 10 3 1 5 4 9/15 3/4 0/0 0 2 42 +9
D. Jordan 34 18 15 0 1 1 1 6 9/11 0/0 0/3 3 12 34 +12
J. Redick 32 4 2 2 2 0 1 5 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 +8
L. Mbah a Moute 37 4 8 2 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 5 16 +15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 24 10 2 2 0 0 1 1 3/12 0/5 4/4 1 1 15 -6
M. Speights 13 7 3 1 0 0 0 2 3/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 12 -4
P. Pierce 9 6 0 2 0 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 0 9 -2
R. Felton 16 5 2 5 1 0 1 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 2 17 -2
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rivers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bass - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 39 26 7 4 11 23 44/84 6/20 5/8 8 31 190 +40