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Griffin, Beverley lead Clippers past Jazz, 102-84

LOS ANGELES (AP) The last time Utah ventured to Los Angeles, the Jazz stunned the Clippers in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.

A rematch was hardly foremost on either team's minds when they met back at Staples Center, since both have nine new players this season.

This time the Clippers came out on top, remaining unbeaten with a 102-84 victory on Tuesday.

''They beat us in the playoffs. For the guys that were here tonight, that was something that was in the back of our minds,'' said Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. ''For the guys that weren't here, we wanted to come out and see the tone against a really good defensive team that makes you guard them the whole shot clock.''

All five starters scored in double figures for the Clippers, led by Blake Griffin's 22 points. Patrick Beverley added 19 points, but turned the ball over seven times.

The Jazz (2-2) got 19 points from rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, but no one else scored more than 12.

The Clippers went on a 19-2 run to seemingly take command, pushing their lead to as many as 21 points.

But sparked by Mitchell and reserves, Utah cut the lead to 82-80 with 4:28 to play.

''We dug ourselves a hole, but I thought we did a good job of fighting back in the game,'' said Utah coach Quin Snyder.

The Clippers answered the Utah challenge, picking off three steals down the stretch and getting key baskets from throughout their lineup.

''I loved how we executed for a team that really hasn't been in a fourth-quarter tight game,'' said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. ''That was probably the most impressive thing that we did. The ball swung, moved, moved and we got shots.

''Because we don't know us yet. And for us to do that is nice.''

Austin Rivers added 16 points and Danilo Gallinari 14, while Jordan had 11 points and 18 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Jazz: With so many teams now wanting to run and play at a fast pace, Utah is something of an anomaly in its generally more deliberate style. Said Snyder: ''You have to be who you are. In the end it's all about what style you play that fits your team.''

Clippers: Rivers said G Milos Teodosic did not actually tear his plantar fascia on Sunday. ''But whatever he did, he did it well. That's why we're calling it indefinite,'' Rivers said. Austin Rivers started Tuesday in place of Teodosic. Doc Rivers said rookies Sindarius Thornwell or Jawun Evans will pick up the bulk of the extra guard time. Said Rivers: ''I think Sindarius has a chance to be an elite defender in our league.''

TEAM PLAY

For a team that lost three starters from last season - and three of its top five scorers - the Clippers are finding ways to share the scoring load early this season.

Griffin is again leading the team in scoring, but he's getting plenty of help.

''It's versatility,'' he said. ''I think that's our calling card this year. We're going to do a lot of things by committee. Defensively we can get stops and offensively we have a lot of guys who can make plays and finish.''

OFF SHOOTING

The Jazz entered Tuesday shooting 49.4 in their first three games, but the Clippers held them to 43 percent shooting Tuesday. Center Rudy Gobert was shooting 66.7 percent but was only able to get off five shots Tuesday (he made them all).

''We got some good open looks, shots that we make every day,'' he said. ''I think we should keep doing what we do. Keep taking those shots, keep making the right play, and that's what we did and came back.''

UP NEXT

Jazz: Head to Phoenix on Wednesday to play the Suns.

Clippers: Travel to Portland on Thursday to meet the Trail Blazers.

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Key Players
R. Gobert
27 C
B. Griffin
32 F
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
29.0 Pts. Per Game 29.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
10.0 Reb. Per Game 10.0
71.4 Field Goal % 50.9
66.7 Three Point % 48.8
85.7 Free Throw % 81.8
+ 2 Blake Griffin made floating jump shot 0:21
  Offensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan 0:38
  Patrick Beverley missed jump shot 0:41
  Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan 1:00
  Donovan Mitchell missed floating jump shot 1:04
  Traveling violation turnover on Danilo Gallinari 1:11
  Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin 1:24
  Raul Neto missed jump shot 1:26
+ 2 DeAndre Jordan made alley-oop shot, assist by Blake Griffin 1:40
  Lost ball turnover on Donovan Mitchell 1:45
+ 3 Patrick Beverley made 3-pt. jump shot 1:58
Team Stats
Points 84 102
Field Goals 34-79 (43.0%) 39-83 (47.0%)
3-Pointers 7-28 (25.0%) 10-29 (34.5%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 51
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 33 33
Team 6 7
Assists 20 21
Steals 7 12
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 18 13
Fouls 23 16
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Jazz 2-2 2021152884
home team logo Clippers 3-0 27153327102
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 2-2 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Clippers 3-0 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Mitchell G 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.7 APG 43.7 FG%
B. Griffin F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Mitchell G 19 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
B. Griffin F 22 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
43.0 FG% 47.0
25.0 3PT FG% 34.5
81.8 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 29 19 2 1 1 0 4 4 7/20 3/9 2/2 1 1 20 -5
R. Gobert 31 12 7 2 0 3 1 1 5/5 0/0 2/3 2 5 25 -26
R. Rubio 31 10 5 5 1 0 3 1 5/10 0/2 0/0 1 4 23 -26
D. Favors 24 6 3 2 0 0 1 2 3/7 0/0 0/0 0 3 12 -9
J. Ingles 18 3 2 1 1 0 4 3 1/5 1/5 0/0 0 2 4 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 29 19 2 1 1 0 4 4 7/20 3/9 2/2 1 1 20 -5
R. Gobert 31 12 7 2 0 3 1 1 5/5 0/0 2/3 2 5 25 -26
R. Rubio 31 10 5 5 1 0 3 1 5/10 0/2 0/0 1 4 23 -26
D. Favors 24 6 3 2 0 0 1 2 3/7 0/0 0/0 0 3 12 -9
J. Ingles 18 3 2 1 1 0 4 3 1/5 1/5 0/0 0 2 4 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Sefolosha 26 11 12 1 0 0 1 2 4/7 1/3 2/2 2 10 24 -9
J. Johnson 22 10 2 2 1 0 1 2 4/6 0/1 2/2 0 2 16 -7
A. Burks 15 7 4 3 0 0 3 3 3/10 1/5 0/0 0 4 14 -12
R. Neto 16 5 1 0 2 0 0 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 0 8 +8
E. Udoh 16 1 2 3 0 4 0 3 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 1 13 +8
J. Jerebko 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
R. O'Neale 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 2 +4
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 84 41 20 7 7 18 23 34/79 7/28 9/11 8 33 161 -90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 22 9 6 0 1 2 1 8/17 2/7 4/6 1 8 42 +24
P. Beverley 42 19 4 5 3 1 7 1 7/14 4/7 1/2 2 2 30 +18
A. Rivers 34 16 0 2 1 0 1 3 7/13 2/6 0/1 0 0 20 +16
D. Gallinari 38 14 6 3 3 0 2 1 5/11 0/2 4/4 0 6 27 +15
D. Jordan 36 11 18 1 2 0 0 3 5/9 0/0 1/4 6 12 33 +23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 22 9 6 0 1 2 1 8/17 2/7 4/6 1 8 42 +24
P. Beverley 42 19 4 5 3 1 7 1 7/14 4/7 1/2 2 2 30 +18
A. Rivers 34 16 0 2 1 0 1 3 7/13 2/6 0/1 0 0 20 +16
D. Gallinari 38 14 6 3 3 0 2 1 5/11 0/2 4/4 0 6 27 +15
D. Jordan 36 11 18 1 2 0 0 3 5/9 0/0 1/4 6 12 33 +23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 18 9 2 4 1 0 1 1 3/10 1/4 2/2 1 1 19 +2
W. Johnson 16 5 1 0 2 2 0 3 1/3 1/2 2/2 0 1 10 +2
W. Reed 11 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 3 8 -5
S. Thornwell 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -5
M. Harrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 102 44 21 12 4 13 16 39/83 10/29 14/21 11 33 191 +90