Summer League Recap: LA Clippers Defeat Utah Jazz 86-67

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07: Isaiah Hicks
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07: Isaiah Hicks /

The LA Clippers’ Summer League team overcame an ice-cold start to win their second game of the MGM Resorts Las Vegas Summer League against the Utah Jazz.

Jamil Wilson poured in 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting (4 of 5 from three) to help the LA Clippers’ Las Vegas Summer League team rebound from a nine-point first quarter and handily defeat the Utah Jazz 86-67.

The Clippers had shot 3 for 16 and turned over the ball seven times when Wilson checked into the game and led the team to a 31-10 run in the second quarter.

Los Angeles kept its foot on the pedal in the second half and continued to easily hold the lead until the end of the game.

Brice Johnson started the game cold, missing the rim on his first two jumpers and failing to convert on a doable reverse layup. Johnson entered the fourth quarter just 2 of 5 from the floor but turned in around in the last stretch of the game, finishing with 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting. The power forward was also active on the boards and on defense, collecting six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, including this stonewall on Travis Leslie’s dunk attempt in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Hicks also had a very active game for the Clippers, finishing with 10 points and three blocks on 4 for 4 shooting from the field. Hicks and starting point guard Kendall Marshall showed beautiful chemistry on multiple pick and rolls, highlighted by this third quarter connection.

Marshall failed to record a point but finished with five assists and multiple other impressive passes that failed to lead to points.

Jawun Evans also impressed in his sixteen minutes of game time, scoring five points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four dimes. Evans also made two outstanding passes that showed why the point guard has been compared to Chris Paul and would have led to point if his teammates hadn’t blown the shot/finish.

James Bell (10 points on 4 of 7 shooting) and Jaron Johnson (7 points on 3 of 5 shooting) also pitched in solid play in the Clippers’ victory. Excluding Marshall, every LA player who logged minutes in the win scored points, with the rest of the scoring spreadly evenly amongst the team.

The Clippers’ (now 2-0) next game is against the Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) Monday night at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN.

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