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By the Stats: Ingles makes history in Utah’s win over LA Clippers

The left-handed Aussie was one of many that got in on the action against the Clippers

I’ve been waiting for this Utah Jazz-Los Angeles Clippers game for a while, Joe Ingles made history Thursday despite a relatively tame stat-line (at least by today’s NBA standards). Utah also had some solid play from the bench, which came out of necessity.

There weren’t really any superb individual stat-lines, this was a team win, everybody played well and that was more than enough for the win.

Box Score

UTA Notable performers

Donovan Mitchell: 19 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds

Rudy Gobert: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks

Joe Ingles: 11 points, 9 assists

LAC Notable performers

Austin Rivers: 19 points, 3 assists

Montrezl Harrell: 17 points, 3 rebounds

Team Stats/Trends

Note: The Italicized stats were originally published but are incorrect.

  • The Jazz held their opponent under 100 points for the 39th time, good for third in the NBA.
  • Utah has held 22 opponents under 100 since the start of February, which is first in the NBA.
  • The Clippers were 3-17 (17.6 percent) from three. It was the third-worst shooting percentage from deep this season by any team. (It was the 45th worst)
  • The 17.6 percent from three was the lowest percentage Utah has forced since April 15, 2013, in a 96-80 win over Minnesota. (The Jazz have held seven opponents under 17.6 percent since then, including one game this year in March against Indiana) The Timberwolves went 2-17 in that game (Ricky Rubio played in that game for the T-Wolves and was 0-2 from three).
  • Utah’s bench out-shot the starters from three. The bench was 7-14 (50.0 percent) while the starters were 3-13 (23.1 percent).
  • The Jazz had seven players with 10-plus points.
  • Utah has had 12 games this year where they score 110 points and hold their opponent under 100. Only the Rockets have more (15).
  • Thursday was the eighth straight game the Jazz have had at least 24 assists, the longest streak by the Jazz since January 2010.

Joe Ingles

  • With his two 3-pointers, Ingles became the first Jazz player in franchise history to hit 200 triples in one season and 39th in NBA history.
  • Ingles has had at least seven assists in eight of his last 10 games (nine against LA Thursday). He leads Utah in that span in assists per game at 7.8 — three more than the next closest player, Ricky Rubio (4.8).
  • Despite being the lead assist man for the last 10 games, Ingles is fourth on the team in turnovers per game (2.0) in the same time period.
  • Thursday was Ingles’ first career game with 10 points, nine assists and two steals.

Derrick Favors

  • Derrick Favors has taken at least two 3-pointers in six of his last eight games, but has made just 2-13 shots from beyond the arc in that span.
  • Thursday was the first time since March 17 that Favors has made less than 50 percent of his shots in a game (he shot 46.7 percent against the Clippers).
  • Before Thursday’s game, Favors had made at shot 57 percent or better in seven straight games, tied for the third-longest such streak this season by any Jazz player (Gobert has streaks of 10 and eight this year).
  • Since he sat out the game against Atlanta, Favors is the only one of Utah’s primary starters (Rubio, Mitchell, Ingles, Gobert) to not have a game with a negative plus/minus.
  • Favors had his eighth game this year with at least 15 points and zero turnovers — twice as many as the next closest amount of games (four Jazz players have had four such games).

Donovan Mitchell

  • Mitchell had his streak of 20-point games ended at 10 games, as he finished with 19 points in 28 minutes.
  • The 19 points was the most scored by Mitchell in a game where he made no 3-pointers. The next highest total was 10 points in a game back in October against the Nuggets.
  • Thursday was the sixth time Mitchell has had 19 points, five assists and five rebounds.
  • In March and April, Mitchell has had four games with at least eight free throw attempts — the same number of games as the rest of the season combined.

Rudy Gobert

  • Gobert made all six of his shots Thursday, the second time this season he has been perfect from the field. The other time was also against the Clippers (he went 5-5).
  • Since he was drafted by the Jazz, Gobert has eight games where he has shot 100 percent from the field with at least five FGA — as many as all other Jazz players combined since 2013-14 (the year Gobert was drafted).
  • In three games against the Clippers this year, Gobert has averaged 14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, just 1.0 turnovers and gone 17-20 from the field (85.0 percent).
  • Gobert had his 22nd game with at least three blocks this year. That’s more than Ekpe Udoh and Derrick Favors (the only other Jazz players to record 3-block games) have combined (19).

Dante Exum

  • Dante Exum scored 10 points in the first half and had no assists. In the second half, he scored zero points and had five assists.
  • He had two blocks for just the third time in his career. The last time coming in a four-block game against the Spurs on November 1, 2016.
  • Exum has three games this year with 10 points and five assists. In the rest of his career, he has had just two.
  • After making 16 straight free throws spanning from his season debut on March 15 to the Minnesota game on April 1, Exum has gone 1-5 from the charity stripe in his last two games.
  • In the last four games, Exum has the second-highest net rating of any bench player in the NBA averaging at least 20 minutes per game (excluding Shane Larkin who has played just one game in that span). Only Tyler Ennis has a higher net rating.

David Stockton

  • David’s 3-pointer in the closing minutes of the game marked the first time in 5,473 days that a Stockton hit a three-pointer in front of the Utah Jazz home crowd.
  • In nearly three minutes of play, Stockton had an offensive rating of 300.
  • The Jazz are 3-0 when Stockton plays this year.

Quick Hits

  • Heading into the game, Lou Williams had averaged exactly 20 points per game against the Jazz in three games this season. He shot 3-12 and had just 12 points Thursday.
  • Jonas Jerebko logged his ninth game with at least 23 minutes played. In those games, he has averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds on shooting splits of 55.4/50.0/100.
  • With 13 points, Alec Burks scored double-digit points for the first time since January 22.
  • Jae Crowder played just under five minutes but took as many shots and 3-pointers as Ekpe Udoh, Georges Niang and David Stockton combined (three FGA and two 3PA). The latter trio played nearly 15 combined minutes.
  • Ricky Rubio has made at least one 3-pointer in 10 straight games, the second longest streak of his career (had 12 straight in spring of 2016). He is one of three current Jazz players with a 10-game streak this season (Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles).
  • Royce O’Neale missed his first free throw on Thursday since March 7 (he’s only taken 13 free throws since the start of March and is 11-13 in that time).

Random Stat

  • Joe Ingles is the third left-handed player in NBA history to record 200 threes in a season (James Harden, Isaiah Thomas).

Complex Stat

  • Dante Exum joined Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles and Gordon Hayward as the only Jazz players since 2013-14 to record a game with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two blocks.