All their talk about being better on defense, about reclaiming their defensive identity, about holding each other accountable on defense did not ring hollow from the Clippers this time.
They were unyielding Monday night, closing down nearly everything during an 88-72 victory over the Utah Jazz, who entered the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena as the NBA’s top defensive team.
The stranglehold they applied to the Jazz led to a season low in points for a Clippers opponent. The Jazz made only 32.2% of their shots, another season low for a Clippers opponent.
Their menacing defense is what allowed the Clippers to extend their winning streak in Salt Lake City to nine...