SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The Los Angeles Clippers knocked off the Utah Jazz, 111-106 on Friday, April 21 in Game 3 of there dramatic 1st Round Western Conference Playoff series. Behind a Clippers 15-0 run in the fourth quarter, the Clippers mounted a furious comeback led by Chris Paul’s 34 point outing, to take a 2-1 lead in their best of 7 series.
Paul was sensational; his 9 straight points late in the game willed the Clippers to a crucial playoff W. The Clippers snap a six-game losing streak in the postseason. Paul also dished out 10 assists and 7 rebounds.
The rabid Utah fans who filled Vivant Smart Home Arena were stunned as the Jazz blew a nine point second-half advantage, despite Gordon Hayward scoring a career playoff high 40 points. The crucial win comes at a price, however, as Blake Griffin left the game in the first half and did not return.
Griffin left the game with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter and did not return after landing awkwardly following a transition layup. The Clippers ruled it a bruised right big toe. The five-time All-Star had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.
The Jazz shot 52 percent from the field, hit an astounding 14 3-pointers, yet must regroup after the painful loss. This is a monumental victory for the Clippers, they will meet again Sunday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.