Joe Ingles has played a key role as the Utah Jazz downed the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA Western Conference semi-final series.
Elevated to the starting lineup again in the absence of the injured Mike Conley, the Australian star hit several clutch 3-pointers as the Jazz held off the fast-finishing Clippers.
Ingles ended with 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting, alongside four rebounds and four assists.
Superstar guard Donovan Mitchell again led Utah with 37 points, Jordan Clarkson chimed in with 24 off the bench and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ruby Gobert had 13 points and 20 rebounds.
Mitchell became the first Jazz player since Karl Malone in 1988 to score at least 35 points in successive playoff games.
I don't feel like I have to go out there and do everything," he said.
"I think that's a credit to the guys we have on this team because they can go out there make plays. Everybody's elevated their game."
Reggie Jackson top-scored for the Clippers with 29 points, Paul George had 27 and Kawhi Leonard was held to 21, with only two of them coming in the final quarter.
The Clippers took their only lead of the match at 101-99 midway through the final quarter, only for the Jazz to break the game open with a 14-2 run capped by a clutch 3-pointer from Ingles.
"We took a punch, but we were able to collect ourselves and obviously got stops late," Utah coach Quin Snyder said.
The red-hot Jazz have now won six straight playoff matches.
Game three of the series against the Clippers is on Sunday (AEST) in Los Angeles.
Earlier, the Milwaukee Bucks blew a big lead before hanging on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 86-83 at home, having dropped the first two games of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on the road.
Khris Middleton scored a game-high 35 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 for the Bucks.
Kevin Durant led the way for Brooklyn with 30 points and Kyrie Irving had 22.