Game Recap: Clippers 107 – Jazz 109 (2OT)

Game Details

9:00 PM ET, November 6th, 2010
Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

 

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Final
LAC 35 20 18 18 6 10 107
UTA 22 17 31 21 6 12 109

Top Performers
Los Angeles: C. Kaman 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk
Utah: D. Williams 30 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

Man, that was a fun basketball game.

The Jazz battled back from a particularly lack-luster defensive first quarter, one that saw 35 points out of the Clippers. At one point, the Jazz trailed by 18 points and things looked exceptionally bleak by the team the Jazz sent their B team in for their regular second quarter rotation.

Gordon Hayward and Kyrylo Fesenko provided a brief spark off the bench for the Jazz. Neither made a meaningful contribution to the scoreboard – Hayward scored his first three of his career and Fesenko scored only two – but they kicked up the intensity level on defense and provided the Jazz crowd with something to cheer about.

The Jazz starters rotated back in and continued to crawl into the lead. Still, they went into the half down 16 points. Williams had scored only 8 points, while the Jazz appeared to have no answer for Griffin (15 points and 12 rebounds).

The Jazz turned the game around with 3rd quarter adjustments. They slowed the Clippers offense to a crawl while running their offense much more effectively. Williams began heating up late in the third, and the Jazz rallied back through the third quarter.

Most importantly, they found a way to shut the door on Griffin. Sloan split up defensive responsibilities for Griffin to a variety of guys, though Kirenlinko seemed to be the most effective of the bunch.

The Jazz tied it up with 10 minutes remaining in the 4th, and took their first lead of the night with 9:45 left on the clock.

The teams slugged it out for the next 7 minutes before Griffin fouled out with 2:30 left in the game, having been held to 1 point and 5 rebounds in the second half.

With Griffin gone, it looked like the Jazz were on track to get the win with the final minutes clicking away, but then suddenly Eric Gordon put the Clippers on his back and tied the game up to head into overtime.

The first overtime was a battle, one that saw only 6 points from either team, forcing a second overtime period. It appeared that it could have gone on like that for another 2 periods, but a fast break from Williams to Kirenlinko – and a subsequent flagrant 1 foul from Rasual Butler – managed to break the log jam.

Well, sort of…

Butler hit a three point shot to bring the Clippers within three. C.J. Miles – who had an awful night from the field (1-13) – missed a 25-foot shot, one that Butler rebounded.

The Clippers took their final time out with 17 seconds left. Butler hit another three to tie the game with 12 seconds remaining. Rather than take a timeout, Williams immediately took the inbound and drove hard, hoping that the Clippers failed to set up a defensive strategy in their final time out, or a final offensive play after that.

The gambit worked, with Williams scoring again with 6 seconds remaining and Clippers forced to improvise their final possession on the fly.

Craig Smith missed the Clippers final shot, and the Jazz held onto the rebound for the win.

The Jazz now face a 4-game in 5 night road trip with a back-to-back in Miami (Tues 7:30 ET) and Orlando (Wed 7:00 ET), followed by Friday in Atlanta and Saturday in Charlotte.

Game Quotes

Jerry Sloan

“Well, it was nice to be able to get back and get back in the ballgame, and have a chance to win, and then the fact that we did, I thought those guys played really hard to try to get back in when we got a tough start. They just manhandled us most of the time in the first half, and we fought back and got back in it. It was great to see that.”

On keeping up momentum with a road trip coming up

“Wherever we play, it doesn’t make any difference. This team is a much improved team, they’ve got some tough guys to try to deal with, but we’ve got to come with more desire to get after it in the first half. We got beat the first two quarters and then we won the second two quarters.””

Deron Williams

“We didn’t come out very good in the first half. We were able to regain it in the second half. Played better, had more energy, it just took us a while to get going.”

“This would have been a tough one if we would have lost it, I might have cried. I’m glad we won…seriously.”

Al Jefferson

“I’ll tell you the last thing I wanted was a double overtime and a loss, because I know if we go through all of that and lose the game…I’ll tell you, it was just one of those games you’re going to have. It was an ugly win. But I’ll take it any day of the week.”

Andrei Kirenlinko

“It was interesting. We got a sloppy start and finished off the half. Got 20 points down. Then we kind of regrouped a bit in the second half and started playing way better from defense to offense. Cut the deficit and we get up to seven points then we go back to sloppy which put us in overtime. I am very happy we stayed focus. Especially defensively, we stayed concentrated.”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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~ by djepperson on November 7, 2010.

One Response to “Game Recap: Clippers 107 – Jazz 109 (2OT)”

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