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Ricky Rubio recovers the aim and leads the festival passer of the Jazz

The young and hungry Utah Jazz took advantage of the bleak injury scenario set up at the Los Angeles Clippers to claim their fourth consecutive victory (107-126) and consolidate in the eighth place in the West.

The best of the Jazz was reserve Alec Burks with 28 points in 29 minutes, while Spanish baseman Ricky Rubio contributed 15 goals and 6 assists in 27 minutes. On the Clippers side, the highlight was Austin Rivers with 25 points, his highest scoring of the season.
Both teams came from three-game winning streaks, although the Jazz, despite the absences of Rudy Gobert, Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and Raul Neto, came with better feelings after beating Nuggets, Bucks and Bulls. Loose way
The Californians, on the other hand, just lost Blake Griffin for two months with a knee sprain and could not count on Danilo Gallinari or Milos Teodosic, as well as Patrick Beverley for the rest of the season.
Given this scenario, it was Rivers who took the initiative to score eight of the first twelve points of his team, with two triples included.
Doc Rivers’ team showed momentum and decision (21-12), but Utah rallied with a plugged in Burks and a Donovan Mitchell who signed the play of the game by finishing a one-handed alley-oop after Joe Ingles’s pass.

Rubio controlled the attack of Utah with firmness and it was emboldened during in a second quarter in which it wrote down 9 points to leave the tables to the rest (61-61). From there, the Clippers, lacking in quality, squeezed the arsenal of its few troops while those of Quin Snyder clung to the inspiration of Jonas Jerebko (81-82).
A triple by Rubio left the score at 87-94 with the last quarter remaining, when the locals arrived very fused. The Jazz, without the Spaniard on the track, opened the gap with Burks and Thabo Sefolosha with a partial of 1-14 to put the icing on a splendid mate Mitchell (95-108)

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