LOS ANGELES – Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, reserve Lou Williams had 19 and the Los Angeles Clippers edged Utah 116-112 on Friday night, snapping the Jazz's nine-game winning streak.
The Clippers avenged an 18-point loss to Utah two nights earlier, when starters Leonard, Paul George and Nicolas Batum were sidelined. George had 15 points in his return from a seven-game absence with an injured toe.
“I wasn't ready to play 30-plus today," said George, who was held to 26 minutes. “Got to get back to that basketball conditioning. I probably would have hurt the team if I'd been on the floor past the minutes I was.”
Donovan Mitchell scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half for the NBA-leading Jazz, who lost for just the second time in their last 22 games. Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points, reserve Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 rebounds as Utah fell to 24-6.
“It felt like a playoff game, the intensity, the tough shots they were making all night,” Gobert said.
The Jazz got outrebounded 45-38.
“This is a bump in the road and a good one,” Mitchell said. “We lost the game on the boards, that was second-chance points, which is what really hurt us.”
Gobert added, “If we get those rebounds we win this game.”