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

Lob City smash: Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, even series at 1-1
Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, center, dunks against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

By Beth Harris, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 99-91 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) to even 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.

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.

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

Game three is Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in Salt Lake City.

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

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 three-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.

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 from him.

Griffin took a page out of Paul's repertoire and buried a three-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," coach Quin 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: J.J. Redick shot 2-for-6 for four points and had five fouls. 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 one.

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Game three is Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in Salt Lake City.

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