The rivalry between the fourth place Utah Jazz and fifth place L.A. Clippers wasn’t any more evident than during Monday night’s showdown between the two teams, as physical play and sour comments were dished out during the game.
The two teams have wrestled for the fourth seed during the past couple of months and after taking a 114-108 loss on the night, Chris Paul‘s frustration wasn’t any more evident.
Gobert had a pedestrian 11-point, 10-rebound performance, but it was his outside shooters that really sparked the Utah rally in front of their home fans.
After trailing by seven at the half, the Jazz made a furious comeback — scoring 40 points in the third and going a perfect 10-of-10 from beyond the arc in the second half while outscoring the Clippers by 13.
“If they’ve got to make 10 straight threes to beat us then we’re doing all right,” said Austin Rivers, who led the bench in scoring with 15 points.
The two teams seem to have developed bad blood throughout this season and will see each other again on March 25 at the Staples Center for the final time in the regular season. The Clippers lead the series 2-1.