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The Golden State Warriors defeat the Utah Jazz, making series 2-0

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Utah Jazz, making series 2-0

Last night marked the second game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  The first game was a win for the Oakland team as they defeated the Jazz, 106 to 94.  In that game, Stephen Curry finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds and five assists.  Rudy Gobert would settle for thirteen points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Utah Jazz looked to tie the series up last night in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Golden State Warriors as they put on a scoring display in the first quarter, shooting sixty-one percent from the field as a team, while limiting the Jazz to twenty-eight percent.  Draymond Green would go off for twelve points, collecting them all from the three-point line.  Klay Thompson would put up six points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would play for the entire first quarter, only to be held to five points.  On the other end, Gordon Hayward would score four points while Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Shelvin Mack would each knock down a three-pointer but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a huge 33 to 15 lead.  The Utah team would look to cut into the deficit as they go on a 32-27 run.  During that run, Hayward would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting eight more points to add to his scoring total.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would contribute with eight points of his own while also shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Gobert would also crash the boards for four rebounds.  2014-2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the Warriors bench to drop six as the home team would walk into halftime with a commanding 60-47 advantage.

The Jazz would not shy away from the challenge as Indiana-native, Gordon Hayward, would come into the third quarter to get hot for twelve points, including one three-pointer.  He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while collecting two rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Rudy Gobert would continue to contribute with six points and four rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Curry would start to come alive for ten points, earning six of those points from behind the arc.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would help out with six points and six defensive rebounds as they walk into the last quarter with a 92 to 82 lead.  The home team would finish things off in the fourth period as Durant would light the floor up with eleven more points, shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would put up five points, which would contain one three-pointer while Ian Clark would come off the bench to give five points, as well, which included one three-pointer.  Gordon Hayward would try to keep his Jazz team in it as he throws up nine points, which included two three-pointers but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Utah Jazz with a 115 to 104 score, making the series 2-0.  Kevin Durant finished with twenty-five points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Gordon Hayward would settle for thirty-three points, five rebounds and four assists.

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The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.   This series would contain back and forth wins and a few injuries on each side.  Game 1 would a victory for the Jazz, however, as they escape with a 97-95 win.  Joe Johnson finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds and three assists.  Blake Griffin would score twenty-six points, pull down seven rebounds and dish off three assists.  The Los Angeles team would bounce back in Game 2 as they pull away with a 99 to 91 victory.  In that game, Blake Griffin would score twenty-four points, pull down five rebounds and dish off two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists.  The Clippers would go to win Game 3, as well, handing the Jazz a 111-106 loss.  Chris Paul ended up with thirty-four points, six rebounds and ten assists.  Gordon Hayward would put up forty points, nine rebounds and four assists.  The Utah Jazz would come back to win the last game, pulling away with a 105 to 98 win.  In that game, Joe Johnson scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and dished off five assists.  Chris Paul finished with twenty-seven points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in series last night as they faced off in California.

The game would start off right for the home team as Paul Pierce comes off the Los Angeles bench to drop six points, all coming from beyond the arc.  DeAndre Jordan would contribute with five points, along with six rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Gordon Hayward would go off for eleven points, collecting three of those from behind the three-point line but it was the Clippers who end the first period with a 21 to 19 lead.  Things would start to look better for the visiting team in the second quarter as Rodney Hood would come off the bench to drop seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only earn himself five points.  As for the Los Angeles Clippers, J.J. Redick would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he collects six points.  Chris Paul would chalk up five points which would hold one three-pointer but it was the Utah team that went into halftime with a 46-43 lead.

Former Spurs player, Boris Diaw, would come out of the locker room to put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Bench player Joe Johnson would also collect five points, three coming from behind the arc.  Gordon Hayward would play the entire quarter only to be held to a total of four points.  As for the home team, nine-time All-Star Chris Paul would collect four points and two rebounds.  J.J. Redick would knock down one three-pointer but it was the Jazz who went into the last quarter with a 64 to 58 advantage.  The Clippers would come back as Chris Paul lights the floor up with fifteen points, nine coming from beyond the arc.  Redick would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself fourteen points which would hold one three-pointer.  The Jazz would close things out, though, as Hayward drops nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Hood would also earn nine points, all coming from behind the three-point line as Utah Jazz pull away with a 96-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Gordon Hayward would finish with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Chris Paul would settle for twenty-eight points, four rebounds and nine assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round

Things have not come easy for the Portland Trail Blazers in the series against the Golden State Warriors, as they lost the first three games.  Last night, they looked to avoid a sweep in Portland, Oregon.  The first game was a victory for the Oakland team as they won, 121-109.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-two points, pulled down eleven rebounds and dished off two assists.  C.J. McCollum would finish with forty-one points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Warriors would go on to defeat the Trail Blazers in Game 2, as well, handing Portland a 110-81 blowout.  Stephen Curry would end up with nineteen points, five rebounds and six assists.  Maurice Harkless put up fifteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Portland Trail Blazers would also lose Game 3 as the Warriors escape with a 119 to 113 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry would score thirty-four points, pull down four rebounds and give out eight assists.  C.J. McCollum would settle for thirty-two points and six rebounds.  The Golden State Warriors looked to end the series with a sweep last night in Portland.

The visiting team would put on a huge scoring display in the first quarter as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to thirty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would score twelve points, nine coming from behind the arc and three coming from the free-throw line.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds and dish out five assists.  Klay Thompson would contribute to the score as he puts up nine points, collecting six of those from behind the 3-point line.  Coming back fresh off a calf injury, Kevin Durant would earn seven points for himself, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Evan Turner would put up five points which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Warriors who ended the quarter with a huge 45-22 lead.  The Trail Blazers would try to come back as two-time All-Star, Damian Lillard, would get hot for sixteen points, which would contain one 3-pointer.  Al-Farouq Aminu would come off the bench to pull down three rebounds and chalk up six points, which would hold one 3-pointer.  As for the Warriors, Curry would earn nine more points, including two 3-pointers.  Thompson would score seven points, containing one 3-pointer as the visiting team walk into halftime, holding onto a commanding 72-48 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the Oregon team as Ohio-native, Stephen Curry, lights the floor up with sixteen points in the third quarter.  He would collect six of those points from behind the three-point line as he jumps up to get three rebounds and throws out two assists.  Former Bucks player, Zaza Pachulia, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving six points for himself.  Draymond Green would knock down one 3-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points, along with three rebounds.  As for the Portland team, Lillard would get hot for thirteen points, which would hold one 3-pointer.  Bench player, Al-Farouq Aminu, would knock down two 3-pointers and five free-throws, collecting eleven points for himself but it was Golden State that went into the fourth quarter with a 106 to 80 lead.  Shabazz Napier would come off the Portland bench in the fourth quarter to drop eight points, including one 3-pointer.  McCollum would score four more points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 128-103, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round.  Stephen Curry finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Damian Lillard would settle for thirty-four points, one rebound and six assists.

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, tying the series 2-2

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, tying the series 2-2

Last night marked Game 4 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  Injuries have played a role in this series on both teams from Rudy Gobert going down in the first minute of Game 1 with a knee injury to Blake Griffin injuring his toe in Game 3.  In that first game, though, Utah would pull away with a 97-95 win against the Clippers.  Joe Johnson scored twenty-one points in that game, along with three rebounds and three assists.  Blake Griffin finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The California team would bounce back in Game 2 as they defeat the Jazz with a 99-91 win.  In that game, Blake Griffin put up twenty-four points, five rebounds and two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists.  Clippers would take Game 3, too, as the Jazz get handed a 111-106 loss.  Chris Paul scored thirty-four points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Gordon Hayward would settle for forty points, nine rebounds and four assists.  The Jazz looked to tie the series up last night in Utah.

The score would be held close in the first quarter as Jamal Crawford comes off the Clippers bench to drop eight points, two coming from behind the 3-point line and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Former Magic player, J.J. Redick, would chalk up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  Derrick Favors would come off the Utah bench to score eight points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Joe Johnson would also come off the bench to contribute with four points but it was the Los Angeles team that ended the first quarter with a 26 to 24 lead.  The Jazz would go on a 31-26 run in the second period as the first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would put up eight points as he shoots at a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  George Hill would drop seven points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.  Rodney Hood would come off the Utah bench to drop seven points, as well, including one 3-pointer.  Raymond Felton would come off the Los Angeles bench to put up eight points which would contain one 3-pointer.  Crawford would collect seven more additional points, which would hold one 3-pointer but it was the Utah Jazz who walk into the locker rooms at halftime with a 55-52 advantage.

The Los Angeles Clippers would go on a 28-22 run in the third period as Chris Paul starts to heat up for nine points, which would include one 3-pointer.  He would also grab six rebounds and four assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Former Knicks player, Jamal Crawford, would continue to put on a scoring display as he collects seven more points which held one 3-pointer.  On the other end, bench player Joe Johnson would drop seven points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc but it was still the Clippers who left the Jazz trailing at the end of the third, 80-77.  The home team would go on a huge 28 to 18 run as Johnson would shoot seventy-one percent from the field, earning himself thirteen more points which would hold one 3-pointer.  With five minutes left in the game, he would connect for a jump shot, tying the game up at 87.  After that, the two teams would go back and forth, trading buckets but thanks to Joe Johnson’s two free throws, the Utah Jazz would be able to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers with a 105 to 98 win, tying the series up at 2-2.  Joe Johnson finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and five assists.  Chris Paul finished with twenty-seven points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a victory against the Utah Jazz, taking a 2-1 lead in series

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a victory against the Utah Jazz, taking a 2-1 lead in series

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.

The Portland Trail Blazers get blown out by the Golden State Warriors, falling 0-2 in series

The Portland Trail Blazers get blown out by the Golden State Warriors, falling 0-2 in series

Last night marked the second game in the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers playoff series.  Kevin Durant would not play after suffering from a strained left calf muscle.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they pulled away with a 121-109 win.  Kevin Durant would score thirty-two points, pull down eleven rebounds and dish off two assists.  C.J. McCollum finished with forty-one points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Trail Blazers looked to tie the series up last night in Oakland.

The Golden State Warriors would start the game off right as they put on an incredible scoring display in the first, shooting 56% as a team, limiting the visiting team to 27%.  Klay Thompson went for eight points, which included one 3-pointer.  Zaza Pachulia scored six points and pulled down three rebounds.  Stephen Curry would score six points, as well, but only making one out of five 3-pointers.  JaVale McGee would come off the bench to drop six points, too.  Draymond Green would contribute to the game with six rebounds and six assists.  On the other end, Damian Lillard would drop ten points but the home team would end the first quarter with a huge 33 to 17 lead.  Former Orlando Magic player, Maurice Harkless, would score ten points for the Portland team in the second quarter, along with four rebounds.  McCollum would score five points, only shooting 33% from the field.  Evan Turner would throw up five points, as well, which contained one 3-pointer.  Aminu came off the bench to connect for two out of five shots, which held one 3-pointer.  McGee would try to keep the Warriors ahead as he drops seven points, grabs three rebounds and block two shots.  Rookie Patrick McCaw would earn himself five points which included one 3-pointer as the Warriors walk into halftime with a 55-46 lead.  In the third period, the Golden State Warriors would go on a huge 28 to 12 run as Curry gets hot for thirteen points, which included three out of six 3-pointers. Three-time All-Star, Klay Thompson, would connect for two 3-pointers, collecting six points for himself.  Iguodala would come off the bench to only be held scoreless, but he would crash the boards for four rebounds as the Warriors enter the last quarter with a 83-58 advantage.  The Trail Blazers would try to come back as Shabazz Napier drops ten points, which included two 3-pointers.  It would be California team that close the game out, though, as Ian Clark comes off the bench to drop nine points and pull down three rebounds.  The Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers with a huge 110-81 victory as the Warriors take a 2-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry finished with nineteen points, six rebounds and six assists.  Maurice Harkless finished with fifteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.

The Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Utah Jazz as they tie the series, 1-1

The Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Utah Jazz as they tie the series, 1-1

Last night marked the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers in their Playoff series.  The last game ended with a Jazz victory as they slip away with a 97-95 win.  In that game, Joe Johnson would score twenty-one points, pull down three rebounds and give out three assists.  Blake Griffin finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The Clippers looked to tie the series up last night in Los Angeles.

The game would start off right for the Los Angeles Clippers as DeAndre Jordan dropped ten points and pulled down five rebounds.  Chris Paul would chalk up seven points, which included one 3-pointer.  He would give out four assists in the quarter, as well.  Blake Griffin would shoot 66% from the field but only be limited to four points.  2008 NBA champion, Paul Pierce, would come off the bench to drop four points of his own as the Clippers end the first quarter with a 29-18 lead.  In the second quarter, Derrick Favors would try to help the Jazz out by scoring six points and pulling down two rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to collect six points, as well.  Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles would each knock down one 3-pointer for the Utah team.  On the other end, Blake Griffin would chalk up nine points, shooting 44% from the field.  Former Warriors player, Marreese Speights, would come off the Clippers bench to throw up five points, containing one 3-pointer.  DeAndre Jordan would score four points and crash the boards for five rebounds as the California team walks into the locker rooms at halftime with a 51-42 advantage.  In the third period, George Hill would drop six points, all coming from beyond the arc.  The first-round pick in the 2003 draft, Boris Diaw, would collect five points, three of those coming from behind the 3-point lead.  Chris Paul would help the Clippers out as he adds seven points to his scoring total, including one 3-pointer.  Griffin would drop an additional six points, shooting 50% from the field.  Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan would both score four points each as the home team would enter the last quarter with a 79-70 lead.  The Jazz would look to cut into the lead as Ingles drops six points, containing one 3-pointer.  But the Clippers would close things out as Paul goes for seven points, containing one 3-pointer.  Jamal Crawford would come off the bench to drop six points as the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Utah Jazz with a 99 to 91 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Blake Griffin scored twenty-four points, grabbed five rebounds and gave out two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and two assists (tying his Playoff career-high).

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they take a 1-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they take a 1-0 lead in series

Today marked the first game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors in their Playoffs series.  These two teams met up in the postseason last year, resulting in the Warriors defeating Portland 4-1 in the Semifinals.  This will be the first time that Kevin Durant has played in the postseason as a Warrior.  The Trail Blazers would look to get revenge as each team looks to start the series off on a good foot inside the Oracle Arena.

Kevin Durant would start off hot in the first quarter as he scores eleven points which included one 3-pointer.  He would shoot 50% from the floor while pulling down six rebounds.  Stephen Curry would also shoot 50%, as he collects nine points, including one 3-pointer.  Draymond Green would work on the boards as he grabs four rebounds for the home team.  On the other end, both C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard would drop twelve points each.  McCollum’s twelve points would include two 3-pointers as Lillard’s twelve points included one 3-pointer but it would be the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31-27 lead.  The 2015-2016 Most Improved Player, C.J. McCollum, would heat up in the second quarter as he shoots 77% from the field, earning fifteen points which contained one 3-pointer.  Lillard would also drop nine points, including one 3-pointer.  After being held scoreless in the first, Klay Thompson would throw up seven points, which held a 3-pointer.  Durant would collect five more points, including one 3-pointer as both teams would head into the locker rooms with a 56-56 tie.  Stephen Curry would come alive in the third period, as he scores fourteen points, containing two 3-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would earn eight additional points, shooting 60% from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Maurice Harkless, C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard would each score seven points for the Oregon team.  Harkless would shoot 60% from the field, including one 3-pointer.  McCollum would shoot 37% from the field, as well as Lilliard, who also earned himself a 3-pointer.  At the end of the third, the score would be tied at 88 a piece as they look to close things out in the fourth.  The last period would belong to the California team as they go on a huge 33 to 21 run.  The second-round pick in the 2012 draft, Draymond Green, would drop ten points, which included one 3-pointer.  He would also grab three rebounds, get two steals and three blocks.  Kevin Durant would earn himself eight more points as they escape with a 121 to 109 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  C.J. McCollum finished with forty-one points (his new career-high points in Playoffs), eight rebounds and one assist.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-two points, ten rebounds and two assists.

The Utah Jazz slip away with a win against the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 1-0 lead in series

The Utah Jazz slip away with a win against the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 1-0 lead in series

Yesterday marked the first game in the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz Playoff series.  The last time these two teams met up for a playoff game was in 1997, which resulted in a 0-3 loss for the Clippers.  With the Clippers having home court advantage in this one, they will look to get revenge against this Utah team.

Blake Griffin would start the first quarter off hot as he drops eleven points, which would include one 3-pointer.  DeAndre Jordan would also chalk up six points and grab five rebounds.  On the other end, Boris Diaw would score five points, which included one 3-pointer but it would be the Los Angeles team that ended the first quarter with a 24 to 22 lead.  The seven-time All-Star, Joe Johnson, would heat up in the second quarter as he drops eleven points, which included one 3-pointer.  He would earn those points by shooting 83% from the field.  Rodney Hood also helped out by coming off the bench to collect five points, including one 3-pointer.  Griffin would continue to put on a scoring display as he earns himself nine points, which contained one 3-pointer.  The three-time Sixth Man, Jamal Crawford, would come off the bench to drop six points as each team went into halftime with a 52-52 tied game.  The Utah Jazz would go on a 22 to 18 run in the third quarter as Gordon Hayward dropped ten points and pulled down two rebounds.  Former Pacers, George Hill, would chalk up five points for his team, as well.  On the other end, Chris Paul would come alive as he drops eight points, shooting 57% from the field but it would be the visiting team that walked into the last period holding onto a 74-70 lead.  Chris Paul would continue to heat up as he shoots 62% from the field, earning himself twelve points which included one 3-pointer.  Derrick Favors would come off the Utah bench to drop seven points, along with Joe Johnson, who scored the same amount.  With 45 seconds left in the game, J.J. Redick would make a driving layup to cut into a Utah lead.  Trailing by four points, Blake Griffin would be sent to the free-throw line as he knocks down both foul shots, bringing his team within one.  With the Clippers being forced to foul, they send Derrick Favors to the free-throw line as he connects for only one out of his two foul shots.  After the Clippers timeout, Chris Paul would knock down a much-needed jump shot, tying the game at 95.  But with only one second left, Joe Johnson would connect for a driving floating jump shot, winning the game for the Utah Jazz, 97-95.  The Utah Jazz would go to take a 1-0 lead in the series in a crunch time win.  Joe Johnson would finish with twenty-one points, three rebounds and three assists.  Blake Griffin would finish with twenty-six points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Golden State Warriors would beat the New Orleans Pelicans in Durant’s return

Golden State Warriors would beat the New Orleans Pelicans in Durant’s return

Last night marked the first game that former Thunder star Kevin Durant will play in since his return from a knee injury he suffered against the Washington Wizards in February, which costed him to miss the next nineteen games.  The 33-47 New Orleans Pelicans traveled to California to take on the 66-14 Golden State Warriors for the fourth and final time this season.  The Warriors have already beat this team in every matchup this season and they are looking to finish the series with a 4-0 record.  The first game was played on October 28 in Louisiana, as the Warriors pulled away with a 122-114 victory.  In that game, Kevin Durant went for thirty points, seventeen rebounds and eight assists.  Anthony Davis would score forty-five points, seventeen rebounds and three assists.  The second time these two teams met up was on November 7 in Oakland as the home team would win 116 to 106.  Stephen Curry would collect forty-six points, five rebounds and five assists.  Anthony Davis would earn thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and one assist.  The last time these two ball clubs met up was on December 13 in New Orleans as the visiting team would sneak away with a 113-109 win.  Stephen Curry would post thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Anthony Davis would post twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  With the Pelicans looking in the Playoffs from the outside, they try to make most of the remainder of their season by winning this game.

In the first quarter, Kevin Durant would only score four points but Andre Iguodala would come the bench to help out by chalking up six points.  Klay Thompson will only shoot 20% from beyond the arc, knocking down one 3-pointer.  The home team would enter the second period with a 23 to 17 lead.  In the second quarter, Thompson would heat up as he scores seven points, most coming from the free throw line though.  Draymond Green would also put up six points, including two 3-pointers.  Kevin Durant would only be limited to one field goal that quarter, collecting two points.  On the other end, Alexis Ajinca would help his team out by scoring seven points, along with Quinn Cook’s eight points, but it would be the Warriors who enter the halftime with a 54-46 lead.  The third quarter would belong to the California team as Klay Thompson would light up the floor with ten points, including two 3-pointers.  The first round pick in the 2008 Draft JaVale McGee would come off the bench to earn eight points of his own.  New Orleans had help from former Timberwolves Dante Cunningham as he puts up six points but the Golden State Warriors would end the quarter on a 39 to 22 run.  Even though Quinn Cook would score eleven points in the fourth quarter, the Warriors would seal the deal as Ian Clark would score eight points along with Iguodala’s seven points.  The Warriors would win the game 123-101 as they win the regular season series, 4-0.  Klay Thompson would finish with twenty points, three rebounds and two assists.  Quinn Cook would end with twenty-two points, one rebound and three assists.  Durant would score sixteen points, grab ten rebounds and dish off six assists in his return to the basketball court.  Stephen Curry did not play due to a left knee contusion.