The Utah Jazz dug themselves a big hole in the first quarter, fought back, then were outworked in the third quarter Saturday in a 107-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Jazz, who have struggled with slow starts this season, may have set a new standard against the Clippers. In the first quarter they were outscored 17-6 and Paul Millsap scored 15 of the team’s first 16 points. In the third, it was worse. The Clippers outscored the Jazz 19-2 to start the second half. "We can’t let this happen," said Gordon Hayward, who led the Jazz with 23 points. "We’ve got to come out with energy, especially in the second half. That’s when teams at home try to put you away." As has become a tradition, the Jazz bench bailed out the reserves in the first half. Three starters — Randy Foye, Marvin Williams and Jamaal Tinsley — did not score in the game. Asked if he would consider changing his starting lineup, coach Tyrone Corbin said, "When you don’t play your best game, you ponder a lot of things." But Corbin was quick not too hang the loss entirely on his first group. "It’s one game," he said, "and the starting group just didn’t get it going."
Slow start dooms Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Clippers
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 24