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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots in the first half of game five of the first round NBA playoffs series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

George Hill made four free throws in the final 11 seconds and the Utah Jazz outlasted the LA Clippers 96-92 Tuesday night at Staples Center to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Jazz will have the chance to close out the series in Game 6 on Friday night at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

Down 88-81 with 1:47 left, the Clippers wouldnt go away and got within two at 94-92 with 5.1 seconds left, but Hill made a pair of free throws and L.A. was unable to try a desperation attempt.

Overall the game was ugly, as the Clippers shot 42 percent and Utah shot just 36 percent.

In what was a back-and-forth final frame, the Jazz made the last run too much for L.A. to overcome.

Chris Paul led all scorers with 28 points. Gordon Hayward had 27 to lead Utah.

Game 6 will tip off at 8:30 p.m. MT.


If the first half was ugly, the third quarter was hideous.

The Jazz shot just 8-of-21 while the Clippers were 5-of-15. Thanks to a last-second dunk, Utah leads 64-58.

Gordon Hayward continues to lead all scorers with 18 points. Chris Paul has 13 and J.J. Redick has 12 to lead L.A.


The Jazz closed the quarter on an 8-1 run over the final two minutes to turn a four-point deficit into a three-point advantage at halftime, 46-43.

In a physical contest, Utah is shooting 45 percent from the field while the Clippers have connected on just 40 percent of their shots.

Gordon Hayward is the only player on either team to be in double figures. He has 14 points. Chris Paul and J.J. Redick have nine points apiece to lead L.A.


After a back-and-forth first quarter, the LA Clippers lead the Jazz, 21-19.

The Clippers jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Utah couldnt get anything going offensively, but the Jazz responded with an 11-0 run.

Both teams struggled from the field, as Utah is shooting 33 percent from the field and LA isnt much better at 36 percent.

Gordon Hayward is the one player who was hot. He scored 11 points to lead all scorers. Paul Pierce leads the Clippers with six.

LOS ANGELES — The Utah Jazz and LA Clippers will square off in a Game 5 Tuesday night at Staples Center that will see the winner move just one victory away from advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Both teams will have good news on the injury front, as the Jazz will be without just Alec Burks (knee), while the Clippers are expected to return key reserve guard Austin Rivers.

Tip time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT (TNT). Follow along with our live coverage as the game unfolds.