The Clippers lost at the end vs the Utah Jazz 96-94

The Clippers, lost at the end of the game that night, their third pre-season game against a Utah team who was very present in rebounds (28 to 23 def, 13 offensive to 7). Rodney Hoof finished top scorer of the game with 17 points and 3 rebounds, while side Clippers, Jamal Crawford scored 16 points and Chris Paul Marreese Speights 14 points, Blake Griffin 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute added 4 points and 1 rebound in 10’47.

The first quarter kicks off quietly, in favor of Utah, who is soon to 14-5 lead. Blake Griffin allows to pick at 19-14 before a late period poor in points scored. The Jazz were ahead 24-19 at the start of the second quarter. Twelve minutes during which the Clippers continue to have a bit of trouble scoring, even if the Jazz are not prolific either. 22-20 for the Jazz, who saw at halftime 46-39 in head.

 

The Clippers back in the second half with the best intentions and property back on top thanks to Blake Griffin 50-46. Luc Mbah a Moute with a layup brings the score to 52-48 and Californians are leading the third quarter 30-20 with their three-point lead before the last 69-66. Utah 85-85 at 3’46 tie the game with 92-92 on a launch Johnson franc. A foul from Jamal Crawford 30 seconds from the buzzer offer two new successful throws to Johnson (94-92 to Utah). The last few seconds are punctuated by fouls and shots, and smile to the Jazz who eventually prevail 96-94. Second defeat for a victory in the NBA preseason.

Next meeting Thursday, October 13 against Portland.