Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and the Utah Jazz held on for a 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Thursday at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert — fresh off winning his third Defensive Player of the Year award — scored 13 points, pulled down 20 rebounds and blocked three shots as Utah took a 2-0 lead in the series.
Mitchell got off to a hot start, scoring 14 points in the first quarter. Although the Jazz led by just one point after one period, they pushed the lead to 13 in the second quarter and to 21 in the third quarter before the Clippers battled back.
Los Angeles took the lead for the first time on a three-pointer by Reggie Jackson with 6:37 remaining.
But Utah responded with a 15-4 scoring run to regain control.
Jackson led the Clippers in scoring with 29 points. Paul George added 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, meanwhile, was held to 21 points.
“We kept fighting,” Gobert said. “These guys are tough, they’re never going to give up. We know that it’s going to be a battle 48 minutes every night.”