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The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a tough loss, 121 to 105

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a tough loss, 121 to 105

The Chicago Bulls are en route to their longest losing streak this season, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Houston Rockets in Texas.  The Bulls are currently holding onto a 2-9 record on the road.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are still trying to work things out as they look for their second straight victory.  The Houston Rockets have a 4-5 record at home.

The Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a total of 137 times in the past as the Rockets won 69 games while the Bulls were kept to just 68 wins.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will match up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Houston team survived the Bulls, 96-88.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, grabbed one rebound, dished off seven assists, and committed four steals while Zach LaVine had twenty-one points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Bobby Portis (knee; 10.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)
-Kris Dunn (knee; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (ankle)

Houston Rockets:

-Brandon Knight (knee)
-Carmelo Anthony (13.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.5 FG%, 32.8 3P%, 68.2 FT%)
-Zhou Qi (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Vincent Edwards (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Texas team would have full control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-nine percent.  James Harden would be the only player to score double-digits in the half as he got hot for twenty-three points, knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He shot sixty-four percent from the field while recording three defensive rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Clint Capela helped out with seven points and eight rebounds while Chris Paul had five points, two rebounds, five assists, and one block.  Paul had a three-pointer late in the beginning period as James Ennis was kept to four points.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench as he scored nine points, including a three-pointer in the second quarter.

As for the Bulls, Zach LaVine chalked up fourteen points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had a trey in the second period while grabbing four rebounds and committing two steals.  Illinois-native Jabari Parker chipped in ten points while jumping up for five boards.  Both Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter earned themselves six points.  Lauri Markkanen played twelve minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter as the Houston Rockets went into their locker room with a 56 to 46 lead.

The Houston Rockets would finish the job in the second half as they went on a 65 to 61 run, although both teams shot fifty-one percent from the field each.  James Harden would cool down as he only had seven points in the second half, earning six of them from beyond the arc and one from the charity stripe.  Capela would pick up the load as he warmed up with eleven points, shooting a high eighty percent from the field.  P.J. Tucker chalked up eight points while Chris Paul had seven points.  Paul had eight more assists to add to his stat column.  LaVine continued to add to his scoring total, putting up seventeen more points but it was the Houston Rockets who stuck around to hand the Chicago Bulls a 121-105 loss.  James Harden finished the game with thirty points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block while Zach LaVine had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will head to Indianapolis to battle Bojan Bogdanovic (16.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (13-10) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 2 when the Pacers crept away with a 107-105 win.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored twenty-five points, pulled down fourteen rebounds, dished out five assists, committed two steals, and prevented a shot from going in while Antonio Blakeney had twenty-two points and three rebounds.

The Houston Rockets will travel to the Target Center to clash with Karl-Anthony Towns (20.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 48.7 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The Rockets would sweep the regular season series against the Timberwolves last season, 4-0.

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The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets will look to finish off the Utah Jazz as they host them at the Toyota Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.  If that takes place and the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals, that will be the first time in Chris Paul’s career that will play in a Conference Finals.

SERIES RECAP:

Game 1 took place in Houston on April 29 as the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110-96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, pulled down eight rebounds, gave out seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

The Houston Rockets hosted the Utah Jazz again for Game 2 on May 2 but this time, the Jazz snuck away with a 116 to 108 victory.  Joe Ingles had twenty-seven points in that game, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden recorded thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The series would shift over to Utah as the Jazz hosted the Rockets for Game 3 on May 4.  The Houston Rockets, however, got revenge as they defeated the Utah Jazz with a 113 to 92 score.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, pulled down four rebounds, gave out twelve assists, committed two steals and blocked one shot.  Eric Gordon also had twenty-five points, along with two rebounds and one steal.  Royce O’Neale had seventeen points, five rebounds, and one assist.

Game 4 would be held on May 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Texas team defeated the Jazz, 100-87.  Chris Paul finished that game with twenty-seven points, along with twelve rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell recorded twenty-five points, nine rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Dante Exum (hamstring; 8.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 48.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 9.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would somewhat have control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at forty percent.  Chris Paul, desperate for a Conference Finals appearance, would get hot for fifteen points while hitting three three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while P.J. Tucker earned himself ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  James Harden contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer late in the first period.  2016-2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer, which he took in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, both Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert scored eight points but Ingles earned six of his points from beyond the arc.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Gobert had five rebounds and two blocks.  Donovan Mitchell surprisingly had only two points but did manage to dish off six assists.  Missouri-native Alec Burks played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points but it was the Houston team who went into halftime with a 54 to 46 lead.

The Jazz would make sure to hold it close, though, as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the home team to forty-eight percent.  Mitchell got extremely hot for twenty-two points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He dropped two three-pointers in the third quarter while recording three rebounds and three assists.  Royce O’Neale helped out with eleven points while Rudy Gobert had four rebounds and four points.  Burks collected ten more points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as Chris Paul responded hugely.  Paul chalked up twenty-six more points, giving the Rockets a 112-102 victory, winning the series 4-1.  Chris Paul finished the game with a playoff career-high forty-one points, along with seven rebounds, ten assists, and one steal.  Donovan Mitchell settled for twenty-four points, four rebounds, nine assists, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

Last night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  But this game is special to the Laker Nation as this would be Lonzo Ball’s season debut.  Ball was the second pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and so much is expected of him due to his father, LaVar Ball.  He would look to start off strong as they hosted the Clippers in the Staples Center.

During the first quarter of the game, the Clippers ended up shooting thirty-three percent from the field as a team while the Lakers shot twenty-seven percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would start off strong as he heats up for thirteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, scoring four points but he would manage to grab two rebounds as DeAndre Jordan would grab nine rebounds.

As for the Lakers, Larry Nance would drop six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Former New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez would chalk up five points, three coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Lonzo Ball would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did pull down five defensive rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 19 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second period, limiting the Los Angeles Clippers to thirty-eight percent.  Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to score seven points while shooting sixty percent.  He would also hit a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Brandon Ingram would score three points but he would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Lonzo Ball would knock down a three-pointer while going up for four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would start to feel it as he chalks up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Jordan would continue to do work on the boards as he pulls down three offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  Griffin scored five additional points while grabbing three defensive rebounds as they close the first half with a 53-42 advantage.

During the third period, the Clippers sparked a large 34 to 21 run as they forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Lakers to forty-one percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would continue to impress as he drops nine points, three coming from beyond the arc.  He would also collect four rebounds as Gallinari managed to connect for two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  DeAndre Jordan would gather up six more rebounds as Beverley would connect for a three.

As for the Lakers, Lopez would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earned himself eight points.  Clarkson ended up scoring four points as he also shot fifty percent from the field.  Nance also put up four points but he would grab one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in this quarter but he would manage to give out three assists as the Clippers ended the third quarter with an 87-63 lead.

The Lakers would make a 29 to 21 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to only thirty-six percent.  Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with five points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.  He also managed to grab four rebounds as Brandon Ingram would be limited to four points.

Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed would come off the Clippers’ bench to score six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Montrezl Harrell would earn four points off the bench as he also shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Sindarius Thornwell would knock down a three-pointer as Griffin and Jordan would be limited to two points each but it was still the Los Angeles Clippers escaping with a 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Blake Griffin finished the game with twenty-nine points, twelve rebounds, and three assists while Brook Lopez would finish with twenty points, six rebounds, and two assists.  Lonzo Ball would only score three points in his season debut as a Laker.

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 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 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).

Los Angeles Clippers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs to win the season series

Los Angeles Clippers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs to win the season series

Last night, the 61-18 San Antonio Spurs will face the 48-31 Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth and final time this season.  The first time these two teams met up was on November 5 in San Antonio with the Clippers winning 116-92.  In that game, Blake Griffin would score twenty-eight points, grab five rebounds and dish off three assists.  Lamarcus Aldridge would collect nineteen points and six rebounds.  In the second game, which was played on December 22 in Los Angeles, the home team would pull away with a 106 to 101 win.  Chris Paul would put up nineteen points, six rebounds and six assists.  Kawhi Leonard would put on twenty-seven points, grab nine rebounds and give out five assists.  On February 24, the Spurs would go back to California and grab a 105-97 win.  In that meeting, Kawhi Leonard would end with twenty-one points, three rebounds and six assists.  Blake Griffin finished up with twenty-nine points, nine rebounds and five assists.  The Texas team would look to even the regular season series up tonight in San Antonio.

Lamarcus Aldridge would start off hot in the first quarter, knocking down five of his nine buckets, earning himself ten points.  Chris Paul would put up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  He would also dish off two assists and grab three rebounds but it was the home team that would enter the second quarter with a one-point lead.  The second period would belong to the visiting team as they go on a 30-20 run.  DeAndre Jordan knock hit all four of his buckets, collecting eight points.  The first round pick in the 2005 Draft Raymond Felton, would come off the bench to chalk up six points of his own, as well as one assist.  On the other end, two-time champion Pau Gasol, would come off the bench to put up nine points which included one 3-pointer.  The Clippers would go into halftime, holding one to a comfortable 52-43 lead.  The third quarter will not get easier for the home team as Blake Griffin heats up, scoring ten points, along with Luc Mbah a Moute’s seven points.  Jordan would grab four boards as Paul throws out two assists.  But Kawhi Leonard would get hot on the other end as he shoots 83% from the field, collecting fifteen points for himself, which would contain three 3-pointers.  But it would be the California team that would end the quarter on a 30 to 27 run.  The Texas team would try to crawl back in the last period as two-time All-Star David Lee comes off the bench to collect six points.  Gasol would drop four more points and grab three boards but the visitors would close it out as the three-time Sixth Man Jamal Crawford would put up five points, helping the LA Clippers earn a 98-87 win.  Chris Paul would finish the game with nineteen points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and five assists.