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High-powered offense fuels Clippers in game two victory over Jazz

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Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan slams home a dunk in font of the Jazz' George Hill in Tuesday night's game.

Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan slams home a dunk in font of the Jazz' George Hill in Tuesday night's game.

Wally Skalij/LA Times

Wally Skalij/LA Times

Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan slams home a dunk in font of the Jazz' George Hill in Tuesday night's game.

Ramon Alvarado, Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Clippers were able to even up their first round playoff series with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Los Angeles’ 99-91 victory tied the series at one and it will now shift to Utah for games three and four.

Staples Center served as a highlight factory on Tuesday night. The Jazz witnessed first-hand why this Clippers squad has been dubbed “Lob City.”

The Clippers big three all had signature performances in game two. Chris Paul was able to slice the Jazz defense for 10 assists while scoring 21 points himself. Blake Griffin dunked and bullied his way to 24 points. And DeAndre Jordan finished an 18 point, 15 rebound double-double.

Griffin had a couple of his massive dunks and Paul executed alley-oops to Jordan that Clippers’ fans can’t seem to get tired of. The highlight plays by LA’s big three energized the team in a game they needed to win.

Despite losing game two, the Utah Jazz’ game one victory has given them the opportunity to steal home court advantage.

The Jazz will host the Clippers for games three and four at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah’s crowd is known to be one of the loudest in the NBA so the Clippers will be playing in a totally different environment the next couple games.

Utah’s rising-star center Rudy Gobert still has no timetable on his return after injuring his knee in game one. The Jazz will need more than a loud crowd to make up for the missing productivity in his absence.

Game three will take place on Friday, April 21 on the Jazz’ home court. The Clippers will look to keep their momentum from game two going as they travel to Salt Lake City. With the series tied at one, momentum can be huge for the Clippers heading into their game three battle with the Jazz.

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