It wasn’t the return to Los Angeles Joe Ingles was hoping for.
Just over a week ago the Los Angeles Clippers cut the Australian forward and he was picked up by the Utah Jazz.
Thanks to the NBA schedule Ingles found himself on Monday night playing the Clippers.
The Clippers were at their high-flying best, bombing the Jazz with alley-oops and power dunks for a 107-101 victory.
Ingles’ Boomer and Jazz teammate, 19-year-old rookie Dante Exum, put on his own show with seven points, two assists, one blocked shot and one turnover from 16 minutes on the floor.
Exum added to his showreel with a dunk in the second quarter, showing his speed by blowing past Clipper point guard Jordan Farmar in the third quarter for a layup and then blocking a Farmar shot which led to a dunk for Jazz centre Rudy Gobert.
Ingles, continuing his role as a facilitator, didn’t take a shot during his 10 minutes and ended the game with just two assists.
The Clippers were led by power forward Blake Griffin with 31 points and nine rebounds while point guard Chris Paul had a triple double with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers was full of praise for Ingles before the game, telling reporters he did not want to cut the Australian and the team did everything it could to find a way to fit him into their 15-man roster.
The Clippers improve to a 3-1 record while the Jazz drop to 1-3.
In other NBA games on Monday, Houston beat Philadelphia 104-93, Brooklyn thumped injury-plagued Oklahoma City 116-85, Memphis defeated New Orleans 93-81, Dallas outlasted Boston 118-113 and Sacramento took Denver 110-105.