The LA Clippers weathered cold runs and surges in alternating fashion with the Utah Jazz, but ultimately it was the Jazz that prevailed in Game 2 of the teams’ playoff series, by a 117-111 score on Thursday at Vivint Arena.
The Clippers trailed for nearly the entire game, but they kept pace with the Jazz for most of the night, never letting the game get out of hand. Their late rally nearly came together, but the Jazz had an even later surge after LA took their first lead of the night, and put the game to bed, going up 2-0 in the series in the process.
Ty Lue made one change to his starting five, bringing in Ivica Zubac to provide size in the lineup and moving Nicolas Batum to the bench. The other four starters — Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Marcus Morris Sr. and Reggie Jackson — remained intact.
It was a quick start for the Jazz, with the home side racing out to a 10-2 lead, Lue calling a timeout before two minutes had elapsed in the game. Donovan Mitchell had eight of those points to tip off the game for Utah.
The Clippers managed to keep pace and claw their way back in short order. Luke Kennard hit a buzzer-beater to end the 1st quarter from the quarter, to give LA a one-point deficit, as Utah led 30-29 through 12 minutes.
As promised, Lue went with an…