Just like the Clippers. Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Clippers built an early lead against the Utah Jazz earlier tonight and used several proven methods to find defeat.
First was foul trouble. Blake Griffin fouled out. He left the contest with 2:28 left to play. Chris Kaman was in foul trouble for a majority of the game and Eric Gordon ended the game with 5 fouls as well.
Kaman had one of his better games of the young season, putting in 23 points and grabbing 7 boards.
But the star of the night from the Clipper perspective was Gordon. Leading the Clippers with 27 points, but still unable to find the range from beyond the arc going 0-6. To his credit, with Griffin out Gordon took control in the final minute of the 4th quarter, leading the Clippers on a 7-0 run in the final minute of the game to tie the score and send the game to overtime. The tying bucket was an emphatic jam by the Clipper guard with 16 seconds left to play.
Gordon was unable to finish the game though. He left the 2nd overtime with an apparent injury to his left shoulder. The LA Times reports that the injury was a stinger.
But with Gordon out, the Clippers still had opportunities to win. But a Rasual Butler flagrant foul pushed the Jazz lead to 6 with less than a minute to play in the 2nd OT. Somehow, the resilient Clippers tied the score only to give a layup to Deron Williams.
The Clippers aided the Jazz by committing a season high 22 turnovers.
Clippers played well, but well enough to lose by 2 in overtime. These are games that the Clippers traditionally lose. And by look of it so far, the tradition continues.
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