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Danny Moloshok, AP
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, celebrates after dunking the ball while Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, right, looks back at him during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — The Utah Jazz started slow in the first quarter, rallied to tie the game in third quarter only to fall 108-95 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday afternoon at the Staples Center.

The win has L.A. just 1/2 game behind Utah for the No. 4 seed. L.A. also clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.

Gordon Hayward suffered a slight knee injury early in the fourth quarter, returned a few minutes later and hit a 3-pointer only to come out shortly thereafter.


• The game was tied 70-70 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Clippers went on a 10-0 run to put the game away.

• With the victory, the Clippers win the season series and the tiebreaker that comes with it.

• The Jazz started the game 1 of 12 from the the 3-point line.

Records: Utah 44-29, 4th place; Los Angeles 44-30, 5th place


Utah: Rudy Gobert scored 26 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks.

Los Angeles: DeAndre Jordan scored 7 points to go with his 15 rebounds and 1 blocks.

Up next

Utah: vs. Pelicans, Monday, 8:30 p.m., TNT

Los Angeles: vs. Kings, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.