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Los Angeles Clippers bounce back with a win in Game Two

22 April 2017

Blake Griffin scored 26 points and Chris Paul added 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, whose seven-game winning streak ended with their first loss since March 26 against Sacramento.

The Clippers managed to get a 12 point lead at the end of the first quarter, behind some fantastic dunks which were what earned the team's nickname as "Lob City", years ago.

"Man, I was trying to just stay on the court, to tell the truth", said Paul, who scored his 1,000 career 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. "We didn't necessarily back down but I thought they played with an intensity and a level from the beginning of the game". After two quarters the Jazz, a streaky 3-point shooting team, had shot just 40.5 percent from the field, but were 6 for 13 from the arc.

The Los Angeles Clippers did what they should have done game one in game two and took advantage of the fact that Rudy Gobert was not playing for the Utah Jazz.

"I think we've got to be better executing our game plan", Hayward said. All of them are also expected to attract interest from other clubs, which could be tempting especially if the Clippers will get prematurely knocked out of the playoffs once again. Head coach Quin Snyder, guard Joe Ingles, and center Derrick Favors spoke to the media. "There's no sense lamenting his absence".

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The moral victory is that the Jazz still give themselves a chance to play with just about any team even without Gobert.

Jazz PR announced that Rudy Gobert is officially out again for Game 3 Friday, due to the knee hyperextension and related contusion he suffered during the first play of Game 1.

LOS ANGELES Whether he pulled up for a shot, set up a teammate or warded off his defender with his ball-handling skills, Clippers guard Chris Paul had one thought racing through his mind. The Clippers were ahead by six when the Jazz outscored them 14-2 in the second quarter to take their own six-point lead. "Utah is a hard place to play because they're good, due to their fans and because of altitude".

The Thunder trailed by 15 entering the fourth quarter, and six straight points by the Rockets extended the lead to 100-78 with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

First, it was Jordan, as he elevated for an acrobatic reverse alley-oop in the opening minutes of the game.

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Another in form Boomer, Patty Mills, will get a huge pay rise with his three-year $US13 million ($A17 million) contract with the San Antonio Spurs expiring.

Gobert, 24, collapsed to the floor with a knee injury just 20 seconds into the team's postseason opener against the Clippers.

Los Angeles didn't shoot well outside, but they didn't need to because they were able to get good looks inside. "We've got to make some shots", Rivers said.

"There are times he sides on the unselfish a little bit more", Rivers said. "As far as exactly where he is in the process, I think it's hard to say.". They forced 13 turnovers and had plays like this which contributed to the laugh-out-loud efficient 27-33 shooting inside the restricted area. At the very end of the Houston game [against Oklahoma City], I changed [channels].

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Los Angeles Clippers bounce back with a win in Game Two