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The Jazz came back from an early hole on Tuesday night to beat the Clippers 112-109 in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mitchell finished with a game-high 45 points in the win, 32 of which came in the second half.
Donovan Mitchell’s wave, Rudy Gobert‘s block leads Utah to Game 1 victory
Utah got off to a slow start on Tuesday night, missing 21 straight shots at one point in the first quarter. Although they managed to reduce the game to single digits at the end of the first period, the Clippers pushed through to a 13-point lead at the break.
“The shots we took early were good, we were a bit rushed,” said jazz coach Quin Snyder, via Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune. “As the game calmed down, we started attacking the paint. We settled in, Donovan took our seat, we were on the defensive ourselves.”
Mitchell took over for the Jazz to start the second half and single-handedly kept them in the game. He opened the third quarter with a personal 10-2 run to cut the Clippers’ lead to just five minutes into the period.
By the end of the third, thanks to 15 points in the quarter from Mitchell and a massive three-pointer from Clarkson in the last minute, the Jazz had tied things up 79-79 while beating the Clippers 32-19.
Finally, after a close battle in the opening minutes of the fourth, the Jazz mounted a short 7-0 run, capped by a deep three-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic to put them on 10.
The Clippers weren’t gone for good. They brought the game back to three points after Paul George drilled a three-pointer in the last minute.
The Clippers had one last shot to send the game into extra time as well, but Jazz center Rudy Gobert blocked Marcus Morris’ three-point corner kick – sending the Clippers into a scramble when the final buzzer sounded, giving the Jazz the three-point point. to win.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers by 23 points in the loss as he shot 9-of-19 from the field. George added 20 points and Luke Kennard put 18 on the bench.
Mitchell led Utah with his 45 points and five assists, shooting 16-of-30 from the field. Snyder revealed after the game that Mitchell was feeling “a little nauseous, a little lightheaded”.
Obviously that didn’t slow him down much.
Both Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson added 18 points each and Gobert finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Conley was ruled out of the game ahead of time with a hamstring injury, which he injured during their first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Thursday night in Salt Lake City.
Shake Milton might have saved the Sixers season seizoen
Call it the Shake Milton game.
The third-year Philadelphia 76ers’ reserve scored 14 points on six shots for six minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters. His heat check led to a 28-9 run that broke open a previously nerve-racking Game 2 for the Sixers, whose 118-102 win over the Atlanta Hawks tied their Eastern Conference semifinals 1-1.
Joel Embiid’s 40 points and 13 rebounds left the Sixers with a narrow margin over the explosive Hawks until Milton caught fire. Tobias Harris scored 22 points for Philadelphia and Seth Curry added 21. Sixers star Ben Simmons had four points on three shots and two missed free throws in 35 minutes. Embiid and Milton’s surge in the second half saved the 76ers from a 2-0 series deficit and Simmons from more criticism.
Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN.
Philadelphia’s length on defense ultimately frustrated Hawks star Trae Young, who still finished with 21 points and 11 assists, albeit on 6-for-16 shooting from the floor and a 1-for-7 night of 3-point range. Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari combined for 41 points from the bench for Atlanta, 8 from 14 from distance.
The Sixers came determined not to repeat their lackluster start to Game 1, when the Hawks put in a 42-27 lead and never looked back. Philadelphia scored 24 of their 33 points in the first quarter in the paint on Tuesday, led by Tobias Harris’ 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting within the 3-point line in the frame.
Atlanta’s bench unit made a comeback in the second quarter, as Huerter and Gallinari scored 20 points together at 7-for-8 in the 12 minutes before halftime. The Hawks reserves beat their Sixers counterparts 32-0 in the first half, and Philadelphia’s one-time 18-point lead was reduced to a 57-55 lead at halftime.
The Hawks stuck around despite Embiid’s 17 points in the third quarter. Back-to-back Bogdan Bogdanovic three-pointers and a pair of Young free throws briefly gave Atlanta an 80-79 lead with 2:41 left in the third, but Milton responded with an attack. He drove a 3 himself to retake the lead, then two minutes later hit a 35-footer on the buzzer to give the Sixers a more comfortable 91-84 lead coming in fourth.
Milton carried that three-pointer into the final quarter, scoring or assisting seven of Philadelphia’s next 11 points to set off a 14-0 run that narrowed the lead to 18 and ended any chance of another Atlanta hooker.
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