Plaschke: Paul George shows up in Game 3 win, giving the Clippers a chance in series

'This series is not over. This series is just getting started,' writes columnist @BillPlaschke.

6/13/2021 11:48:00 PM

'This series is not over. This series is just getting started,' writes columnist BillPlaschke.

An aggressive Paul George scored 31 points in the Clippers' needed Game 3 victory over the Utah Jazz, and L.A. still has a shot at playoff history.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combine for 65 points in a 132-106 win over Utah in Game 3 of their playoff series, which the Clippers trail 2-1.Winning what was essentially an elimination game for the fourth time in three weeks, the Clippers defeated the Jazz

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to save their season and restore their hope.“I think we competed at a high, high level,” said Clippers coachTyronn Lue.In doing so, they again avoided a low, low level. If they had lost, they would have trailed three games to none, and no team in NBA history has recovered from such a deficit.

AdvertisementIf they had lost, they would seemingly have been resigned to another second-round failure amid talk of departing, a revamped roster, a coaching hot seat and that dreaded Clippers Curse.Instead, as they did three times while on the brink in the first round

, they showed up desperate. They showed up defiant. They showed up huge.They showed up, then they showed off,Reggie Jacksonwildly raising his hands and shouting to the sky while stalking off the court with 3:26 left and the Clippers leading by 22.The fans raised their hands and shouted back and once again, the black-jersey-clad team infused the building with the light of resilience.

Advertisement“We just played with a sense of urgency,” said Jackson.Before the game, Lue claimed, “Our confidence has not wavered. We’re not shaken.”He was prescient. His team was listening.The Clippers’ Paul George drives to the basket against the Utah Jazz’s Derrick Favors during the second half Saturday.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementIn the end, the only thing shaken was the Jazz’s sense of invincibility after they won the first two games of this series at their league-best home court in Salt Lake City.The Clippers have now closed the gap to two games to one with Game 4 scheduled for Monday night here. If the Clippers lose, they’re back on the brink, but if they win, the Jazz would be reeling home.

“They played and they beat us,” said Jazz coachQuin Snyder. “So we got to regroup and learn from it.”The Saturday night resurgence started with George, who has been such an awful postseason performer with the Clippers that Utah fans derisively chanted his self-proclaimed nickname of “Playoff P.”

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AdvertisementFor this night, anyway, he was playoff gold, scoring 31 points on 50% shooting with five assists and eliciting spontaneous cries from fans walking the concourse. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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