The Utah Jazz will bring its eight-game winning streak to Los Angeles to face the Clippers in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Friday in a matchup of two of the NBA’s best and most popular clubs.
The Jazz, which owns the league’s best record at 23-5, have been on a roll, winning eight straight and 19 of 20 games. His only loss during the stretch occurred on January 31 to the Denver Nuggets.
On Monday, Utah posted a 134-123 win over the Philadelphia 76ers behind a season-high 40 points behind reserve guard Jordan Clarkson.
Clarkson said the faith placed in him by his teammates and Jazz coaches played a key role in his performance.
“Those guys always come to the bank and tell me to keep shooting,” Clarkson said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Even when I’m having a bad night, even when I’m hot, they still tell me to throw the ball no matter what, they tell me to make the play. What gives me that confidence is just my teammates, the coaching staff, just everyone continually talking to me, continually embracing who I am. “
Clarkson made eight 3-pointers, the best of his career, becoming the fifth Jazz player to accomplish the feat. Rodney Hood, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Hornacek and Randy Foye are the others.
Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and Joe Ingles contributed 20 for the Jazz, who played without Mike Conley (hamstring) for the fifth straight game.
The Clippers won their fourth straight Monday to improve to 21-8 in a surprising 125-118 victory over the Miami Heat. Despite not having four starters, including Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers had six players scored in double figures. Marcus Morris Sr. led the way with 32 points on 11 of 15 shooting, including 6 of 8 3s.
Ivica Zubac had 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting and eight rebounds, while Lou Williams finished with 18 points and 10 assists.
The Clippers also got a boost from backup guards Terance Mann and Amir Coffey, who each scored 15 points. Coffey hit a career-high five 3s on six attempts.
“We have to do it by committee, and all of our guys are ready to play, man,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Marcus in the first half with 26 (points). Lou just took control of the game. He had 10 assists again tonight. Amir Coffey was in the G League three days ago, and now he’s back and five triples ago. And Big Zu. I mean, Zu was phenomenal. His presence on the inside was great. Just a total team effort. “
Leonard sat for the second game in a row with a bruised leg, while George missed his sixth straight game with a toe injury. The Clippers rested Patrick Beverley, who recently returned from an eight-game absence with a knee injury, as the game against the Heat was the second in a row. Nicolas Batum (concussion) also didn’t play.
The Clippers had 31 assists for the second straight game. It is the first time they have had at least 30 assists in consecutive games since December 2014.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.