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The Jazz and Clippers will play Game 3 of their playoff series Friday night at 8:00 p.m.at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Point guard Chris Paul, who had 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in Game 1, said the Clippers also need a boost from J.J. Redick. Griffin entered the halftime intermission with 13 points, while Jordan had already claimed a double-double by the break with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Unlike their Game 1 loss, when they managed 40 points in the paint, the Clippers put up 60 inside points to 38 for the Jazz in Game 2.
"We moved the ball great, but all in all, our pace was pretty good all night", Paul said after the game. "It was a point of emphasis". Utah is one of just two National Basketball Association teams that holds their opponents under 100 points per game, and they defeated Los Angeles 97-95 when Joe Johnson made a shot at the buzzer. The Jazz - again without center Rudy Gobert - struggled to find any sort of consistency on the offensive end. George Hill has to be more aggressive at attacking the paint to either score, kick out to the open man, or draw fouls.
Redick has been hounded defensively by Jazz guard Joe Ingles, and while the Clippers would like to get Redick going offensively, Rivers said "we don't want to force it". Going back at home, they're going to be feeling good.
"Obviously a lot of us grew up playing that sport [Australian rules], it's a physical sport, but I didn't like the outdoors, the rain and the mud". The team is expected with the same and the fans are looking that how their team will play on this Game 2 by using the disadvantages of Utah Jazz.
Snyder added: "They played with an intensity and level from the beginning of the game".
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"That's how we beat them in the regular season, is in the paint", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
The Clippers never trailed. The Jazz tried to do it with Hill on a couple occasions, so don't be surprised if they do it more in Game 3 and possibly beyond. "They'll have their home crowd behind them, but this team embraces being on the road". "He was good through adversity, which I thought was really good". Though he went scoreless in the second quarter as he sat on the bench for almost seven minutes, Paul finished the second half with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and three assists. Midway through the second quarter, Griffin came up the court a half-step ahead of Joe Ingles and drove hard through a narrow seam for another basket at the rim. Two free throws by Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford, who finished with 10 points, with 13.4 seconds remaining capped the scoring.
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Blake Griffin's 26 points, 7 rebounds, and three assists were gone vain as the Clippers lost game-1.
It also helped that Paul did not allow two first-quarter fouls to dial back his aggressiveness. "Just trying to be aggressive, take what's there".
Eventually he signed in Miami, but Johnson said he "was close" to choosing L.A. because of his relationship with Clippers assistant Mike Woodson, his former coach in Atlanta, and a friendship with Paul.
"I was trying to just stay on the court to tell you the truth", Paul said.