Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard dunks over Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors in the first half of Game 4 of their second-round, best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
June 15 (UPI) -- Kawhi Leonard and Paul George poured in 31 points apiece to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a Game 4 victory against the Utah Jazz to tie the Western Conference Semifinals series at 2-2.
The Clippers held off a dominant 37-point effort from Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell in the 118-104 win Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"We've got some games under our belt," Leonard told reporters. "We just have to see what we've been doing these last couple games and keep moving forward."
Forward Bogdan Bogdanovic gave the Jazz their only lead of the night with a dunk 20 seconds into the game. The Clippers answered with a 10-0 run and never trailed again.
Leonard led the way with 12 points in the first 12 minutes and the Clippers led by as many as 19 points in the first quarter.
They pushed that edge up to 29 points in the second quarter. Mitchell scored 17 points in the second quarter, but the Clippers led 68-44 at halftime.
The Jazz outscored the Clippers 60-50 in the second half, but could not complete a comeback.
Mitchell made 9 of 26 shots from the field and 6 of 15 3-point attempts in the loss. Jazz guard Joe Ingles chipped in 19 points. Bogdanovic scored 18 points.
Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. scored 24 points with six rebounds in the win. Leonard, Morris and George were the only Clippers players to score in double figures.
"I just have to be aggressive," George told reporters. "I have to look for my shots and try to find gaps.
"I just have to come out to be aggressive, play with confidence, shoot open jumpers, create space and continue to make the game easier for everyone around me."
The Jazz host the Clippers in Game 5 at 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.