Trailing 87-80 with 7:37 remaining and with its offense dead, the Utah Jazz woke up and charged back to win Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the L.A. Clippers 105-98 Sunday night at Vivint Arena.
With the win, the Jazz tied the series up at two apiece. Game 5 is on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Utah won the game despite losing Gordon Hayward at halftime because of food poisoning. Joe Johnson scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the final stretch. Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles were huge down the stretch, and finished with 18 and eight points respectively. Ingles also had 11 assists, the most from any Jazz player this season.
Coming off the bench thanks to Rudy Goberts return from injury, Derrick Favors had 17. Gobert finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. George Hill had 13 points.
Officially without Gordon Hayward, who left Vivint Arena at halftime because of food poisoning, the Jazz were outscored 28-22 in the third quarter and trail 80-77.
Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton combined for 19 of the Clippers points in the quarter.
Derrick Favors leads the Jazz with 16 points.
This time it was the Jazz finishing a quarter strong.
Trailing 47-42 with 3:18 left in the frame, Utah outscored LA 13-5 down the stretch and lead 55-52 at halftime.
Derrick Favors has 13 points, while Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood have 10 apiece.
Jamal Crawford leads all scorers with 15 points.
On the downside for the Jazz, Gordon Hayward left the arena at halftime because of food poisoning.
The Jazz opened up an eight-point lead with 3:24 left in the quarter but the Clippers closed on a 12-2 run and lead 26-24.
Coming off the bench with the return of Rudy Gobert to the starting lineup, an energized Derrick Favors scored eight points to lead the Jazz.
Gobert, who has missed all but 11 seconds of the series, scored two points and pulled down four rebounds in six minutes of action. Battling food poisoning, Gordon Hayward scored three in that same amount of time.
The Clippers are shooting 56 percent from the field. Utah is at a 46 percent clip.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz and LA Clippers will face off Sunday night at Vivint Arena in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff first-round series.
Most notably for the Jazz, center Rudy Gobert could play, with that decision to come close to the 7 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcasted TNT and ROOT Sports.
The Clippers lead the series 2-1 and could take a commanding lead with Game 5 to be played in Los Angeles, but the Clippers will be playing without star forward Blake Griffin. He was ruled out for the playoffs on Saturday thanks to a toe injury he suffered during the second quarter of Game 3 on Friday.
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