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Utah Jazz

Mike Conley's best game for the Utah Jazz leads to comfortable win over the Kawhi-less Los Angeles Clippers

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With their 110-96 victory on Thursday over the Kawhi Leonard-less Los Angeles Clippers, the Utah Jazz are now second only to the unbeaten San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference standings.

A 4-1 start is how the Jazz would have like to begin their campaign, especially after the offseason they had.

Here are the biggest takeaways from a big home win for the Jazz:

First big game for Mike Conley

After having a rough first three games to start the season, the franchise's biggest offseason acquisition had a breakout game against the Clippers.

He scored 18 of his 29 points in the decisive third quarter, a period where the Jazz outscored their opponents 38-20.

Conley was on the floor for 32 minutes and scored his points efficiently - 11-of-17 (64.7%) shooting from the field and 5-of-8 (62.5%) from beyond the arc. Here's how much better he was against the Clippers in comparision to his first three games:

Conley is a 10-year veteran who has played nearly 800 regular season games and was adored in Memphis, but the reception from the Jazz crowd today hit different.

"I've never experience that [crowd chanting his name] before in 13 years of playing basketball, especially on October 30th (local time)," said Conley. "That's unique, it was special."

Jazz defence carries over from last season

It's a short sample size but its pretty clear that the Utah Jazz's second-best defence from last season has carried over to this year.

Through five games, the Jazz have held each of their opponents to under 100 points and boast of a league-best defensive rating of 93.0.

Having the two-time reigning DPOY in Rudy Gobert doesn't hurt, but the offseason additions of Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic seem to be bearing fruit.

Steady Jazz offence outshoots Clippers

Through five games, the Jazz rank 22nd in turnovers averaging 18.6 per game, but against the Clippers, they only committed 15. More importantly, they only allowed 13 points off those lost possessions.

On the other hand, they capitalised on the Clippers' 20 turnovers, scoring 27 points.

With no Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the visitors found it difficult to make shots efficiently or at least efficiently as the Jazz. The Clippers shot 39-of-82 (47.6) from the field and 8-of-23 (34.8%) from beyond the arc, while the Jazz shot 44-of-80 (55.0%) from the field and 11-of-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc.

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