SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rudy Gobert had 19 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, and Jared Butler set career highs with 21 points and seven assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 121-92 win over the Clippers from Los Angeles on Friday night.
Jordan Clarkson added 20 points, Eric Paschall 17 and Nickeil Alexander-Walker finished with 13 points in his first start for Utah, without Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic.
Robert Covington led Los Angeles with 18 points. Luke Kennard added 14 points and Terence Mann 13 as the Clippers shot just 27.5% from the field in the first half and trailed wire to wire.
With Gobert leading, the Jazz beat the Clippers 56-32 in the paint and 24-10 in second-chance points.
“We didn’t give them the chance to come back into the game,” Gobert said. “Everyone was already blocked defensively then offensively, we know that we are going to score. We have a lot of talent. »
Mitchell sat out with a right calf contusion, while Bogdanovic missed his third game in a row with a left calf sprain.
But even without their top two scorers, the Jazz never skipped a beat offensively in the first half.
Utah took a 17-4 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter. The Jazz scored on their first four possessions and shot 7 of 9 to start. Alexander-Walker accounted for three of the baskets while replacing Mitchell.
Los Angeles closed within 27-20 on a 3-pointer from Covington. But the Clippers’ potential rally crumbled when Utah ran away in the second quarter.
“They made a lot of shots, they went out and we didn’t make it,” Covington said. “Their defense really got stronger, they created a lot of steals, created a lot of quick possessions, they had 56 points in the paint and scored 121 – that’s tough.”
The Jazz finished the half on a 30-4 run to take a 71-34 halftime lead. Gobert made five baskets to power the run and had 11 points in the second quarter. As a team, Utah beat Los Angeles 41-14 in the second quarter and allowed the Clippers to make just four baskets.
“We had a lot of guys that stepped up tonight and were ready to play with a number of guys,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We were connected defensively, especially the second group. They were changing and did a good job of eliminating people. Only the activity was good.
Utah led by a whopping 41 in the second half, taking a 93-52 lead on a Clarkson layup.
“Offensively I thought we couldn’t get into the paint, we couldn’t get down, you know, Rudy (Gobert) was a big part of that,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “You have to move this team, you have to move this team and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Clippers: Isaiah Hartenstein finished with a team-high nine rebounds and a season-high eight assists. … Mann was called for a technical foul with 6:56 left in the fourth. … No Los Angeles starter has scored in double figures.
Jazz: Alexander-Walker is averaging 14.5 points on 45 percent shooting in his last two games after scoring nine points in his first seven games with Utah. … The Jazz shot 51% from the field in the first three quarters.
Clippers: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
Jazz: meet on Sunday at the New York Knicks.
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