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The Clippers hand the Pistons a 108-95 loss in Griffin’s first game against his former team

The Clippers hand the Pistons a 108-95 loss in Griffin’s first game against his former team

It’s been almost two weeks since superstar Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons by the Los Angeles Clippers and it seems like the Pistons were the winners in that trade, notching a five-game winning streak right after the exchange.  They will look to push it to six games as they host the Clippers tonight.  This will be the very first time that Blake Griffin will face off against the Clippers and will be the last time that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Clippers and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 114 times in the past as the Pistons won 71 games while the Clippers were limited to just 43 victories.  The last time that they clashed with each other was four days before Halloween as the Pistons pulled away with a 95 to 87 win.  During that game, Andre Drummond scored 15 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked 3 shots.  Reggie Jackson also had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.  Austin Rivers finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 4 steals.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Jawun Evans (abdominal; 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%)
C.J. Williams (ankle; 5.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.0 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 51.9 FG%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 9.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 38.2 FG%, 33.8 3P%)
Sindarius Thornwell (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.5 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

Dwight Buycks (illness; 8.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 39.1 3P%)
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Henry Ellenson (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 34.4 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Eric Moreland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.9 FG%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 41.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
James Ennis (acquired; 6.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 48.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would have a competitive start as the Detroit Pistons shot forty-eight percent from the field as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty-four percent from the field.  Montrezl Harrell ended up scoring 12 points off of the bench while grabbing three offensive rebounds.  Danilo Gallinari would contribute with 10 points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers collected eight points on seventy-five percent shooting.  DeAndre Jordan was kept scoreless but still managed to record three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Lou Williams played 14 minutes off of the bench but was limited to just six points.

On the other end of the court, former Suns forward Reggie Bullock got extremely hot for 16 points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He earned 12 of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up three defensive rebounds.  Blake Griffin ended up just scoring nine points but did put up four defensive rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  Ish Smith helped out with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals while Stanley Johnson had 6 points and 3 rebounds.  Andre Drummond posted up five points and seven rebounds in the 20 minutes that he played.  Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off of the bench but just had five points as the Pistons went into halftime with a 56-52 lead.

The visiting team would close things out in the second half as they went on a huge 56-38 run, shooting forty-nine percent from the field.  During that run, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 20 points.  Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Danilo Gallinari, and Montrezl Harrell would all have six points each while Austin Rivers earned eight points.  Blake Griffin would score 10 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Clippers handed the Pistons a 108-95 loss.  Lou Williams finished the game with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while Blake Griffin had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Reggie Bullock also had 19 points, along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will travel up to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Clippers and the 76ers have battled each other a grand total of 130 times in the past as the Clippers won 60 games while the 76ers went on to win 70 games.  November 13 was the last time they saw each as the 76ers survived that matchup with a 109 to 105 victory.  Joel Embiid finished that game with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block while Lou Williams had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals.

The Detroit Pistons will visit the Peach State to take on Dennis Schroder (19.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (17-38) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This game between the Pistons and the Hawks will be the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  They have played each other a total of 463 times in the past as the Pistons won 234 games while the Hawks pulled out 229 wins.  The last time they played each other was on December 14 when the Detroit team handed the Hawks a 105 to 91 loss.  Tobias Harris finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Ersan Ilyasova settled for 23 points, 3 rebounds, and one assist.

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The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

It seems like the Los Angeles Clippers has taken over as the top Los Angeles basketball team as the Lakers would be stuck in a four-year playoff drought, going on five years if they fail once again.  But with Magic Johnson in charge and the new additions of rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, they would hope to break that streak but it won’t be easy as the Western Conference has grown to become more competitive than ever.

Tonight, the Clippers will host their city rivals at the Staples Center as this matchup will mark the second of four meetings this season between these two teams.  The Lakers and the Clippers have met up a total of 213 times with the Lakers winning 145 games and the Clippers winning 68 games.  The last time that they battled each other was on the season’s opener, October 19.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Brook Lopez had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.4 FG%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Alex Caruso (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Vander Blue (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Clippers would start things off right for the game as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to forty-eight percent.  Blake Griffin would end up dropping 15 points with two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had eight rebounds and four assists while former Lakers’ player Lou Williams scored 13 points.  Austin Rivers would collect 12 points while earning four rebounds and three assists.  Rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would help the Lakers out as he heats up for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma ended up with ten points as Larry Nance collected four rebounds to put with his six points.  Jordan Clarkson would play 14 minutes off of the bench to earn six points as the Lakers go into halftime with a tight 62-60 lead.

The Clippers would end up outscoring the Lakers, 60-53, in the second half behind Lou Williams’ amazing 29 points.  Blake Griffin would have 11 points but unfortunately, he would have to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury.  Brandon Ingram would put up 15 points for the Lakers, along with Clarkson’s 11 points but it was the Los Angeles Clippers who sneak away with a 120-115 win.  Lou Williams finished the game with a season-high 42 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would end up with a season-high 29 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Rodney Hood (17.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 42 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (9-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  The Clippers and the Jazz have battled each other a total of 193 times with the Clippers pulling 83 wins while the Jazz had 110 wins.  This game would mark the second of four times they play each other this season as the Clippers defeated the Jazz on October 24, 102 to 84.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and blocked one shot.  Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Klay Thompson (20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (15-5) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 447 times with the Lakers winning 275 games and the Warriors winning 172 of them.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between them this season.

The Thunder pull away from the Clippers with a 120 to 111 victory

The Thunder pull away from the Clippers with a 120 to 111 victory

Things have not gone as planned for the Big Three in Oklahoma City as the Thunder are sitting with a 4-7 record to start the season.  With Kevin Durant gone, Russell Westbrook was more than happy when Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joined him during the offseason but things could be better…obviously.  They are currently looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they host the 5-5 Los Angeles Clippers, who are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.  After a meeting held by the Thunder behind closed doors, they looked to turn things around before getting deep into the season.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Brice Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 71.4 FG%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (G-League)
Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 40.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
Terrance Ferguson (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.5 FG, 0.0 3P%)
Kyle Singler (coach’s decision)
Steven Adams (calf; 12.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 65.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League)
P.J. Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Paul George lit the floor up with a season-high 42 points while collecting nine rebounds and dishing off seven assists.  He knocked down four three-pointers in the process while Russell Westbrook had 22 points to put along with his three rebounds and eight assists.  Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points which included a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Jerami Grant played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points while Andre Roberson had a season-high 11 rebounds.

Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored a season-high 35 points for the visiting team which would include a season-high six three-pointers.  Both Blake Griffin and the coach’s son, Austin Rivers, would score 17 points each as Griffin collected six defensive rebounds.  Former Miami Heat player Willie Reed came off of the bench to chalk up a season-high 15 points but it was the home team who pulled away with a 120-111 win.

So…what’s next?

The Clippers will head to Louisiana today to take on DeMarcus Cousins (28.2 PPG) and the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6).  These two teams have met a total of 50 times with the Clippers winning 24 of the games and the Pelicans winning 26 of them.  The Thunder will host Harrison Barnes (18.4 PPG) and the Dallas Mavericks (2-10) on Sunday.  These two teams met up a total of 173 times with the Thunder/Supersonics winning 93 of the matchups while the Mavericks won 80 of them.

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

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).

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.