A significant slice of history was carved out at STAPLES Center in Game 6 between the LA Clippers and Utah Jazz, with the Clippers recording a remarkable comeback win to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
Trailing by 25 points just seconds into the third quarter, the Clippers were unstoppable on offence, led by a stunning 39-point outburst by Terance Mann.
Playing in front of a full home arena for the first time all season, the Clippers put on a show for their fans, with the 131-119 win ensuring they are now just four wins away from the NBA Finals.
The Terance Mann game
Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely with a knee injury you say?
No problem. Next Mann up.
Mann was simply irresistable in this one, scoring 20 of his 39 points in the third quarter as the Clippers poured on a 41-22 period to storm back into the game.
Inside or out, it didn't matter for Mann, he just kept getting buckets, finishing 15-for-21 from the field and 7-for-10 from behind the 3-point line.
The 20-point explosion in the third came between the 10:14 and 0:31 mark of the third, with the guard receiving a rousing ovation when he was taken out of the game for a quick rest.
Terance Mann finished with 20 points in the 3rd quarter.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 19, 2021
That is a Clippers playoff record for points in a quarter. pic.twitter.com/ccvbsSwgym
The outburst was not only a career-high for Mann, but a franchise record for points scored in an individual quarter.
If you were wondering what Mann's prevous career high was, it was 25. In fact, this night was just the fifth time in his career he has topped 20 points.
Next Mann up alright.
T3RANCE! 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/HEVZW7WrAj- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 19, 2021
PG comes along for the ride
Without Kawhi, Paul George would have been expected to lead all scorers for LA.
While Mann stole the show, George still delivered, finishing with 28 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while point guard Reggie Jackon was also immense, tallying 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Relentless attack from Reggie. pic.twitter.com/1EYVVDkBoa- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 19, 2021
Clarkson explodes early
Before Mann erupted, it was Jordan Clarkson who threatened to force a Game 7, dropping 21 points of his own in the second quarter.
The outburst came during a 39-19 second period for Utah, with the Sixth Man of the Year heading into the half with those 21 points coming on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor in just 15 minutes.
Like many players on the Utah roster, Clarkson disappeared in the second half, going scoreless the rest of the way and missing all four of his shot attempts.
Mitchell shakes off ankle concern
A devastated Donovan Mitchell rested on the scorers table as time expired, with the No. 1 seed tossed out of the postseason in the second round.
Carrying an ankle concern throughout the series, Mitchell battled in Game 6, finishing with 39 points nine rebounds and nine assists.
In a similar tale to Clarkson, Mitchell's influence was curtailed after halftime, with his 17 points coming on 13 shots after he had dropped 22 on 14 attempts in the first half.
To rub salt into the wound, Mitchell suffered and awkward slip in the final minute with his ankle and knee getting caught underneath him and he fell to the floor.
He hobbled to the free-throw line after the incident, and will now face another summer of motivation after the latest Utah playoff elimination.
Great series, @utahjazz. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/mPErMBGxz7- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 19, 2021
Tale of two halves from the outside
At halftime, the game was going exactly how Utah planned.
Leading 72-50 at the break, Utah were 12-for-19 from long range in a sizzling shooting display.
The script was flipped in the second half, with the Clippers exploding from the outside behind Mann to finish the night 20-for-39 from long range.
Utah still managed to knock down nine makes from long range in the final two quarters, but it wasn't enough to stem the tide of the surging Clippers.
The 25-point comeback created history on several levels tonight.
The Clippers became the first team in franchise history to come from more than 20 points behind in a series clinching game.
On the Utah side of thiings, the number is not pretty. Before tonight, the Jazz were 232-1 all-time when leading by 25 points or more during a game. Yikes.
The Clippers trailed by 25.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 19, 2021
Tonight was the largest comeback in a series-clinching win over the last 25 seasons. Nobody had even come back from 20+ down to win a series in that span.
Entering tonight, the Jazz were 232-1 over the last 25 seasons when leading by 25+ points pic.twitter.com/aEos7yoqKK
The Clippers will now hop on a plane tomorrow to Phoenix to prepare for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The No. 2 seed Suns eliminated Denver in four games in the second round and will hold home court for the best-of-seven series.
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