Jamal Crawford scored 13 points off the bench, giving the Clippers six players in double-figures.
So playing the Utah Jazz in a first-round series that begins with Game 1 at Staples Center on Saturday night presents the Clippers with yet another opportunity to scale the championship mountain.
Jordan finished the season with a career-best field goal percentage of almost 72 percent, the second-highest single-season mark in National Basketball Association history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 72.7 percent mark in 1972-73. Los Angeles will host the 51-31 Utah Jazz in a first-round playoff series. The health of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin over the years has been questionable, but a relatively healthy injury list (Austin Rivers only is in doubt for the series) is the most important thing for the Clippers. Kings coach Dave Joerger speaks on his history against the Clippers. While the teams were on a playoff collision course for the final month of the season, playoff seeding came down to the final night of the regular season. Harden had plenty of support, with Clint Capela and Lou Williams adding 18 points and Bobby Brown 16 points.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry is a lock to lead the league in three-pointers made for the fifth consecutive year, and his Warriors teammate Klay Thompson will finish second in that category for the fourth consecutive season.
The Jazz could change that this year, if they beat San Antonio on Wednesday while the Clippers lose at home to Sacramento.
San Antonio, however, never led again as a Dante Exum steal with 28 seconds remaining forced the Spurs into a foul situation and the Jazz iced the game from the free-throw line. Hopefully they can overcome their previous postseason struggles, and take care of (what should be) their easiest first round series over the last six seasons.
How the Clippers do at home in the first two games against the Jazz may dictate if Rivers plays in Game 3 and Game 4.
Redick’s jumper launched a 24-14 run that sent the Clippers into the fourth leading 87-73.
Paul finished with 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds. “This is like our baseline”, Cauley-Stein said. How many of you saw that coming? “I think when you go through it, you always say, ‘When we come out on the other side, we’ll be better for it.’ But I truly believe we are”. They lost Game 6 back at home. The team went 15-26 on the road. The Clippers are heading into the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak, eager to atone for their postseason missteps the last three years. Pop and several players have said these last few games are for executing game plans the team will use in the playoffs, so the decision to stagger the perimeter defense of Leonard and Green and the scoring of Leonard and Aldridge could be a sneak peek at the playoff rotations.
“Obviously, they’re a great offensive team“, Westbrook said. However, Gobert will generate some Kia Defensive Player of the Year interest after averaging almost three blocks in 2016-17.
“It was special”, Paul said, wearing Gucci fur-lined slippers after the game.
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