The Clippers' first half of play was the best half of basketball they had played up to this point. Everything seemed to be working for them as they drained eight-of-15 three balls and shot 55 percent overall from the field through the first two quarters. Doc Rivers will be especially pleased because he wanted to emphasis on rebounding better as a unit and his club did just that. Although they did not out-rebound the Jazz in the first half, the Clippers did nab 18 total, with 14 of them coming on the defensive glass.
Utah did not play terribly in the first half, but their rhythm was off, and it seemed as though their passing was just not clicking as well as it should have as the Jazz turned the ball over eight times in the first 24 minutes of play. They turned the ball over on eight different occassions in the first half, but they could count themselves lucky as the Clippers had only five points off of those turnovers. The Jazz did shoot a decent 44.7 percent from the field. However, the three ball is where they suffered on offense as the visitors shot an abysmal 25 percent from beyond the arc, making only three in the half. Despite scoring 27 points, 15 of those coming from beyond the three-point line. It simply was just not enough for the Jazz as they are slowly improving, but it will take time in this stacked Western Conference.
The second half started in favor of the Jazz as they outscored the Clippers by a score of 27-17 to cut deeply into the home sides lead. But it just was not enough when all was said and done. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Jamal Crawford stole the show once again as they seem to do every single night. Chris Paul got the season's first triple-double as he scored 13 points, grabbed 10 boards, and finished the night with 12 assists. Jamal Crawford was superb once again off the bench providing some key baskets as he played as aggresive as ever while eclipsing the 15,000 career point total by dropping 19 of them. Let's not forget about Blake Griffin now as he lead all scorers with 31 points. It wasn't just the scoring, though. He had nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots on the evening.
Los Angeles once again found a way to hang on to a six-point victory, even though Utah out-rebounded the Clippers 43-35. The turnoves cost them as the Jazz now fall to 1-3 at this stage in the young season while the Clippers improve to 3-1.
Next up for the Clippers, they will take to the road and take on the NBA's leading backcourt in Oakland on Wednesday as they take on the Golden State Warriors. And unfortunately, it does not get any easier for the Jazz as they go back home to take on Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night as well.