Last night marked Game 3 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series. So far, the series has been split even as the Jazz won Game 1 and Clippers won Game 2. Utah would barely pull away with a 97-95 victory over the Clippers in Game 1. In that game, Joe Johnson scored twenty-one points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off three assists. Blake Griffin finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds and three assists. Game 2 was a nine-point victory for Los Angeles as they defeated the Jazz, 99-91. Blake Griffin ended up with twenty-four points, five rebounds and two assists. Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists. Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series as they faced off in Utah last night.
The Utah Jazz would hit the ground running in the first quarter as Gordon Hayward dropped twenty-one points, setting a record for most points in a quarter in Jazz playoff history. He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc. He would work on the defensive end as well, he gobbling up five rebounds to add to his stat sheet. On the other end, Blake Griffin would score nine points, including one 3-pointer. DeAndre Jordan would drop six points and grab four rebounds but it was the home team that ended the first period with a 34 to 21 lead. The first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Raymond Felton, would come off the Los Angeles bench to chalk up seven points in the second quarter, which contained one 3-pointer. Former Warriors player, Marreese Speights, would come off the bench, as well, to score five points which would hold one 3-pointer. As for the Utah team, Joe Ingles would shoot two 3-pointers, earning himself six points as the Jazz walked into halftime with a 58-49 lead.
The Clippers would go on a 33 to 26 run in the third period as nine-time All-Star, Chris Paul, would light the floor up with eleven points, including one 3-pointer. He would also crash the boards for five rebounds and work the ball around for three assists. Luc Mbah a Moute would contribute to the run as he drops nine points, containing one 3-pointer. Texas-native DeAndre Jordan would go off for eight points, shooting a perfect 100% from the field. On the other end, former Pacers point guard, George Hill, would get hot for thirteen points, including three 3-pointers. Hayward would put on another scoring display as he lights the floor up with eleven points, which will hold one 3-pointer. He shot 57% from the field in the third as the Clippers would go into the fourth quarter trailing, 84-82. The Clippers would go on a 29 to 22 run in the last period as Chris Paul collects thirteen more points which would contain one 3-pointer. Three-time Sixth-Man, Jamal Crawford, would come off the bench to help out with six points, shooting 60% from the field. Joe Johnson would come off the Utah bench to drop six points but it would be the Los Angeles Clippers that regains the lead and pulls away with a 111-106, taking a 2-1 in the series. Chris Paul finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and ten assists. Gordon Hayward would ended up with forty points (his new Playoff career-high), eight rebounds and four assists.