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Utah Jazz Prevails Over Los Angeles Clippers, Goes Up 2-0


Utah Jazz survived a late uprising by the Los Angeles Clippers to score a 117-111 Game 2 victory in the NBA Western Conference semifinals on Thursday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After seeing its once 21-point lead turned into a 101-99 deficit, the Jazz leaned on three-point baskets by Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles for a 113-103 lead.

The Clippers made its last push at 108-113 on a three-point play by Paul George but a layup by Donovan Mitchell and split free throws by Mitchell and Rudy Gobert sealed the win for the Jazz.

Mitchell finished the match with 37 points, including six three-point conversions, while Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson added 24 markers as the Jazz took a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series.

Ingles and Bogdanovic, meanwhile, contributed 19 and 16 points, respectively, while Gobert had double-double 13 points and 20 rebounds for the Jazz.

Reggie Jackson top-scored with 29 points, George had double-double 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard contributed 21 markers for the Clippers.