Jazz start fast, finish off Clippers, 125-113

Jazz score 76 first half points, as all five starters score in double figures

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz did not look like a team playing the back end of a back-to-back in the first half against the L.A. Clippers Saturday night.

They did in the second half, but they had enough in the tank to hold off the Clippers, 125-113.

Donovan Mitchell led six players in double figures with 23 points, as the Jazz put up a season-high 76 points in the first half.

"We communicated a lot better," Mitchell said. "Rudy was a lot more aggressive today. I mean, he was aggressive yesterday, but on the defensive end he was really locked in and that's big. When he's locked in on both ends, high intensity, I think that's what separates him."

Despite missing starting guard Rodney Hood because of a leg injury, the Jazz never trailed while ending the Clippers' six-game winning streak.

The Jazz drove to the basket at will in the first half, shooting 62.5 percent en route to a 76-59 halftime lead.

The Jazz led by as many as 25 points in the second half, before a furious Clippers rally eventually cut the deficit to six. But the Jazz were able to hold on for the victory.

Joe Ingles tied a career high with 21 points, reaching the 20-point mark for just the third time in his career. Mitchell had his 21st game of 20-plus points, most among rookies, and also had seven assists and four rebounds. Derrick Favors had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

In his second game back since returning from a knee injury, Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Derrick Favors recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"Tonight we played a very good offensive team," said Gobert. "They got a lot of calls, too. They went to the line a lot, so we've just got to keep getting better, getting the right mindset and keep thinking defense. Late game last night, but we came out today and were ready to play."

Alec Burks came off the bench to score 15 points, as the Jazz finished the game making 55 percent of its shots from the field.

The Jazz did commit 21 turnovers, but held the Clippers to just 44 percent shooting.

Lou Williams paced the Clippers with 31 points, 10 steals and seven assists, and he helped cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin added 25 points and eight rebounds.

The Jazz (19-27) next begin a 4-game road trip Monday night in Atlanta.


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