The win streak is now at five games for the Utah Jazz. This latest W, a 129-109 beat-down of the Los Angeles Clippers, slid the Jazz into a tie for seventh in the Western Conference with the team they just defeated.
Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell led the charge (as usual). Gobert recorded his second career 20/20 game with 23 points and 22 boards. With his 25 rebounds Monday, Gobert became the first Jazz player since Karl Malone in 1988 to have back-to-back games with 20-plus rebounds.
Rudy Gobert is the first @utahjazz player to post at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks in the same game since Karl Malone in 1990. #TeamIsEverything— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 17, 2019
Mitchell continued his scoring spree with 28 points to go with six assists. The second-year guard has now scored 25 or more points in seven straight outings, the first time a Jazz player has done that since (guess who) Karl Malone in 1998.
Outside of a couple of spots in the first and second quarter, Utah never really let LA control the flow of the game. The Jazz outscored the Clippers 31-22 in the first quarter, 32-23 in the third and withstood a 37-point quarter from LA by netting 41 of their own.
When push came to shove, the Jazz simply showed they wanted it more by out-doing the Clippers in key areas like rebounds (48-41) and blocks (7-1). There were multiple hustle plays that displayed this resolve. Firstly, this fast break block from Georges Niang:
Then there was this off-balanced floater from Jae Crowder that ended with the big man falling into the crowd of cameramen and photographers.
The Jazz also dominated the paint, outscoring the Clippers 54-46 while drawing 37 free throws to just 14 for LA. Utah capitalized on this massive difference by making 30 of those charity shots (LA made just nine).
Los Angeles came in boasting one of the best benches in the league with 52.6 of their points coming from the backups on average. The Clippers did edge the Jazz in bench points 56-51, but keeping it that close eliminated that advantage and allowed Utah’s starter’s impact to shine even brighter.
Jae Crowder had 23 off the bench for the Jazz, matching the 23 scored by two-time Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams. Crowder was 5-11 from three, a refreshing came considering he had shot just 12 percent from deep in his previous six games.
The other major presence off the bench was Kyle Korver, who went 4-5 from deep and finished with 19 points. During Utah’s win streak, Korver has averaged 14.8 points while shooting 56.3 percent from three.