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    Clippers fall to Jazz in summer league opener
    • July 9, 2023

    LAS VEGAS — Xavier Moon made six 3-point shots on his way to a team-high 26 points, but the Clippers could not stop Utah Jazz rookie Keyonte George (33 points, 10 rebounds) and dropped their NBA Summer League opener, 104-99, on Saturday night.

    George, the No. 16 overall selection in last month’s draft, finished 12 for 24 from the field (6 for 15 from 3-point range) and Ochai Agbaji had 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots to lead Utah (1-0). Micah Potter scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds and UCLA product Johnny Juzang added 13 points (3 for 5 from 3-point range) for the Jazz.

    Moon finished 10 for 14 from the field and 6 for 8 from behind the arc in 24 minutes for the Clippers (0-1).

    Second-year guard Jason Preston had 15 points and 10 assists in 29 minutes and second-year center Moussa Diabate had 11 points, 12 rebounds (six offensive) and two blocked shots in 24 minutes. Kobe Brown finished with 11 points and nine rebounds and Jordan Miller scored 12 points.

    The Clippers trailed 49-39 at halftime and trimmed the margin to six after three quarters, but they could not make up any more ground in a high-scoring fourth quarter for both sides (39 points each). Utah extended its lead back to 16 points on a George 18-foot jumper with 4:25 left, but a trio of Moon 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds tightened the final margin.

    The Clippers finished 4 for 13 from the free-throw line compared to 11 for 12 for the Jazz.

    The Clippers’ next game is Monday at 7:30 p.m. PT against the Sacramento Kings. They have afternoon games on Wednesday (vs. Memphis, 12:30 p.m.) and Friday (vs. Philadelphia, 1:30 p.m.) before a fifth game against an opponent to be determined at a day and time to be announced.

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    ​ Orange County Register