Jazz overwhelm Clippers in fourth to win 126-107
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 01, 2017 02:08 PM
Alec Burks NBA file photo
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Utah Jazz had seven players score in double figures, going on a 21-4 run in the fourth quarter to run away from the Los Angeles Clippers 126-107 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Reserve Alec Burks scored a season-high 28 points to lead Utah, with rookie Donovan Mitchell adding 24 points.
Austin Rivers led the Clippers with 25 points, and Lou Williams had 20.
The Clippers trailed 94-93 early in the fourth quarter before Utah took command. The Jazz outscored the Clippers 32-20 in the final period.
The Clippers were playing without four starters. Lone regular starter DeAndre Jordan finished with eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Jazz also played without four injured players, including starting center Rudy Gobert and leading scorer Rodney Hood.
The Clippers lost despite shooting 54.3 percent and out-rebounding the Jazz 36-33.
Depth hurt the Clippers, whose reserves were outscored 49-30 by the Jazz.
Jazz: With Hood out with left ankle soreness, Utah listed four players out on their daily injury report -- Gobert (tibia contusion), Joe Johnson (wrist tendon instability) and Dante Exum (shoulder surgery). Said coach Quin Snyder: "We've got our work cut out for us, there's no secret there. You may not be able to push through at a high level in terms of wins and losses, but you just compete. That's all you can do."
Clippers: The Clippers' injury situation is even worse. They are down four starters -- Blake Griffin (MCL sprain), Patrick Beverley (knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (sprained ankle) and Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia). Said coach Doc Rivers: "Everybody just needs to do their job, play their role. The games won't be 30-30, I guarantee you. Someone's going to make some shots."
Jazz: Return home Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to play the Pelicans. They are 18-8 all-time in Salt Lake City against the Pelicans.
Clippers: Will travel to Dallas on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to meet the Mavericks. Have won eight of last 12 vs. Dallas.