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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Nathan Black and Eli Stokes, of Mapleton, pose for a photo next to a "Take Note" sign as fans arrive for the NBA playoffs game three between the Jazz and Clippers at Vivint SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 21, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY —The LA Clippers went on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter and beat the Utah Jazz 111-106 in Game 3 of the teams' playoff series Friday night at Vivint Arena.

With the win, the Clippers hold a 2-1 advantage in the series.

Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 40 points in the loss.

The Jazz led by 13 points after the first quarter thanks to a 21-point frame from Hayward, but LA slowly chipped away and trailed by just two entering the fourth quarter.

Utah extended the lead to eight at 96-88 on a Joe Ingles 3-pointer with eight minutes remaining, but the Jazz didn't score again for the next six minutes as the Clippers took a seven-point lead, and they held on in the final two minutes.

Chris Paul led LA with 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. The Clippers were without Blake Griffin for the final 27 minutes of the game after he injured his toe in the second quarter.

Gane 4 is Sunday at Vivint Arena. Tip time is set for 7 p.m MT.


THIRD QUARTER

The Jazz struggled mightily through most of the third quarter on both ends of the floor as the Clippers turned a nine-point deficit at halftime into a tie game late in the quarter before Gordon Hayward put Utah back up by two.

Offensively, the Jazz were very stagnant and were bailed out on three 3-pointers from George Hill, who now has 23 points. Defensively, the Clippers got a bunch of points in the paint like they did in Game 2.


SECOND QUARTER

The Utah Jazzs 13-point lead after the first quarter has been trimmed to nine at halftime, 58-49.

The Jazz actually led by just two at 49-47 with just over a minute remaining in the frame before going on a run to close it out.

After shooting over 70 percent from the field in the first quarter, Utah struggled in the second and is now shooting 59 percent.

Gordon Hayward has 25 points after a 21-point first quarter. Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with 11 points and six rebounds but went to the locker room with just over three minutes remaining in the second stanza.


FIRST QUARTER

Gordon Hayward scored 21 points to lead the Jazz to a 34-21 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Hayward scored the first points of the game and shot 7-of-8 for the quarter. As a team, the Jazz shot over 70 percent from the field.

Utah closed the quarter on a 15-2 run over the last four minutes. Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with seven points.


SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA playoffs are back in Salt Lake City for the first time since 2012, as the Utah Jazz will take on the LA Clippers in a pivotal Game 3 Friday night at Vivint Arena.

Playing without Rudy Gobert once again, the Jazz will be looking to take advantage of being back at home to grab a 2-1 lead in the series. The Clippers will be looking to build off a Game 2 performance in Los Angeles that saw them score a whopping 60 points in the paint en route to victory.

Utah will also be without backup guard Alec Burks after he underwent a procedure on his knee on Thursday.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led LA once again in Game 2, combining for 45 points. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points but was the only Utah player to score more than 13.

Tip time is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT (ESPN2, ROOT Sports). Follow along with our live coverage as the game unfolds.