Jazz flatten Clippers 104-91, win 1st-round series 4-3


Ingles was referring to an ESPN story from earlier Monday in which Warriors forwards Matt Barnes and Andre Iguodala said they were hoping to get a chance to play the Los Angeles Clippers instead of the Jazz because of the chance to spend time in a more interesting city.

Golden State won the regular-season series, 2-1, and will be heavy favorites to advance to the Western Conference Finals after finishing with the NBA's best record behind superstars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Clippers' season is over.

"That helped a lot", Paul said.

"We've been through some pretty hard downs", said Hayward, a seven-year veteran who was with the Jazz when they lost 57 games in 2013-2014.

Derrick Favors and George Hill also 17 points each in what looked like the easiest game for the Jazz out of the whole series.

He couldn't muster any of his fourth-quarter magic, either.

Afterwards, Twitter bombed Paul, the Clippers leader and former Wake Forest All-American, who struggled Sunday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting. He added nine assists.

With Paul doing the heavy lifting, Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute and Austin Rivers combined to score 38 points while making up for the loss of Blake Griffin, who is out for the rest of the season with a big-toe injury.

The first six games between the fourth-seeded Clippers and No. 5 Utah have been decided by eight points or less. Favors also played a big role in Utah's ability to disrupt LA's pick-and-roll offense and consistently force the Clippers into contested shots.

The 2012 Clippers were the 2017 Jazz, unscarred by failure, driven by opportunity.

But they exploded in a 36-point third quarter before holding off a Washington charge. They are both primarily three-point shooters that cut hard and are two of the best off-ball movers in the National Basketball Association. A 3-pointer by Redick with 3:28 remaining closed the gap to 98-90, but the Clippers got no closer. Joe Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney Hood is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. Hill sank a jumper from the top of the key.

Clippers: Rivers started for the first time this series after missing the first four games with a hamstring injury. He was a ideal 6-for-6 on Sunday.

The Jazz once again controlled the paint-despite only 13 minutes from Gobert-outscoring the Clippers 56-46 around the basket. I don't think you have to worry about us getting in trouble. There's been opportunties for us.

"We didn't move the ball enough", Jordan said, "but they played great defense".