Dropping the first two games in a NBA playoff series seems to be what the Clippers like to do this postseason, as they did so against the Mavericks in the first-round, and they found themselves in another 2-0 hole after dropping the first two games of this Western Conference Semifinals series to the Utah Jazz. However, Los Angeles bounced back after losing the first two games of their series against Dallas and they did so again in Game 3 of this series, beating Utah 132-106 in Staples Center.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George lead the Clippers’ offensive onslaught in this one, combining for 65 points on 26-48 shooting, including 7-16 combined from deep with George knocking down 6 of those threes. Leonard also added 12 rebounds to his name, giving him his 4th double-double of this postseason.
Now, the Clippers find themselves back in this series, but their job is not over yet, as they need to even things up and head back to Utah 2-2 to regain all of the momentum in this series. Utah dominated Los Angeles in the first two games in Salt Lake City, but the Clippers looked different in Game 3.
Not only were they motivated on the defensive-end of the court, but they seemed to look a lot more confident in their ability to attack the Jazz on offense. Whether it was driving to the rim or knocking down three-point shots, the Clippers did everything they wanted on the offensive-end of the court in this game, leading to their blowout victory.
This was Utah’s second largest loss this season and just the 8th time this season, regular season and postseason combined, that they have lost by double-digits. The Jazz are 6-1 this year after losing a game by double-digits, which sets up a very intriguing Game 4 between these two teams on Monday night.
Los Angeles has to be feeling good about themselves after beating the best team in the NBA record-wise by close to 30 points, but Utah is great at putting losses behind them, which is why the Clippers will need to be just as aggressive, if not better, in Game 4 in order to even things up at 2-2 in this series. With that said, let’s recap the Clippers’ Game 3 victory and take a look at three key takeaways from this game.