The Utah Jazz’s season is over.
The Jazz squandered a 22-point halftime lead in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series against the LA Clippers on Friday night, losing 131-119.
The Clippers won the series 4-2 and are headed to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they’ll face the Phoenix Suns.
For the Jazz, it’s a disappointing end after they had the NBA’s best record in the regular season.
Here are three keys from the game.
The Jazz got roasted defensively in the second half
After dominating the first half, the Jazz completely fell apart in the second, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Particularly, they allowed the Clippers open 3-pointer after open 3-pointer, especially from the corners, and the Clippers capitalized.
According to Cleaning The Glass, LA had 22 corner 3-point attempts on the night and made 13 of them (the Jazz went 3 of 6 from the corners, according to CTG). In all, the Clippers scored 81 points in the second half. Terance Mann scored 39 points on 15 of 21 shooting, including 7 of 10 from behind the 3-point line to lead the way for LA.
The Jazz cooled off in the second half
After a blistering first two quarters in which the Jazz scored 72 points, they cooled off in the second two frames. Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points in the first half and zero in the second. Mike Conley had just five points on the night as he returned from injury, and Joe Ingles had just five as well.
The Jazz got beat in a bunch of statistics
For the night, the Clippers tallied 27 assists to the Jazz’s 19, came up with 13 steals to the Jazz’s four and committed just eight turnovers to the Jazz’s 17. LA upped its intensity level on both ends of the floor in the second half and Utah never matched it back.
8:39, 4th quarter: Clippers 107, Jazz 100
The Clippers have come out blazing in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points in just over three minutes. LA has made four 3-pointers as Utah has had major problems in rotations and also is getting bullied at the basket.
End of 3rd quarter: Jazz 94, Clippers 91
The third quarter was an absolute disaster for the Jazz, as they got outscored 41-22 as the Clippers got back in the game. The biggest problem was defense, especially as the Jazz kept leaving Terance Mann open for 3-pointers, and he made them pay and now has 34 points on the night. At one point in the quarter, LA went on a 17-0 run. Offensively, Utah went cold, missing a bunch of wide open 3-pointers.
Halftime: Jazz 72, Clippers 50
The Jazz dominated on both ends of the floor in the second quarter to open up the big lead at intermission. On offense, it was the Jordan Clarkson show, as he scored 21 points in the second quarter, outscoring the Clippers by two by himself. Not only was he making shots, but he was making good decisions as well, and also locked down on defense.
The Jazz as a whole were excellent defensively, too, as they made life difficult at the point of attack and closed out well on LA’s good shooters.
End of 1st Quarter: Jazz 33, Clippers 31
The Jazz took a 33-31 lead at the end of the first quarter. Donovan Mitchell was fantastic early on, scoring 16 points in the opening period. Mike Conley made a pair of free throws from his first points in the series and played nearly seven minutes.
Terance Mann scored 12 to lead the Clippers.
The Jazz won the first two games of the series but have lost the last three and will now be fighting to force a series-deciding Game 7 on Sunday back home in Salt Lake City.
Utah has not lost four games in a row at any point this season.
Both members of the Jazz’s usual starting backcourt, Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, are battling injuries but will play.
Should the Clippers win, they will advance to play the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals.
Game 6 is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN. Follow along here for in-game updates and observations.