Blake Griffin, Clippers Hope To Agree Upon Max Contract

In Los Angeles, the Jazz are in the second round for the first time in seven years after Gordon Hayward dropped in 26 points to lead a 104-91 win over the Clippers. Derrick Favors and George Hill added 17 points apiece in a balanced scoring effort for Utah. Vegas sports books list the Warriors as 20-to-1 favorites ahead of Tuesday's Game 1.

The former scored 24 points on eight-of-14 shooting while also hauling in six rebounds. Favors had 11 rebounds off the bench. "But I felt like I owed them, especially in this game".

Sunday's matchup was played at just as high a level, with a frenzied pace at times and physical play underneath the basket.

And at the end of games, the Warriors know they have to be wary of 35-year-old veteran guard Johnson, the one true isolation threat on the Utah roster, and he's been huge for them all season in pressure situations. Boris Diaw had eight points, Hayward added six and Hill four as the Jazz had three three-point plays. Then, Golden State did that "gentleman's sweep" of Utah. Griffin had missed 41 games because of the quad during the regular season, in addition to losing time after breaking his hand punching the team's assistant equipment manager.

"It's unusual", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Rivers started his second straight after missing the series' first four games while being out with a strained left hamstring. Utah is the only team in the second round to pull off an upset as they were the lower seed in the first round.

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan - head to what is sure to be a summer of uncertainty, let us look back at their previous playoff heartbreaks.

None of the Clippers, with the exception of Jordan, Crawford and Paul, were able to step up.


Sources close to the Clippers say that they expect Paul to re-sign with the Clippers.

The Clippers were again armed with home court advantage, and they used it to gain a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. "That means being the big being up in the ball screen".

"We don't want to, but I feel if we have to, I think we're capable", said Spurs guard Danny Green, who will be among those trying to slow Harden. "But for me, I've got to figure out ways to do that anyway".

Durant should be fully healthy from a strained left calf that sidelined him the first three games against the Trail Blazers. A 3-pointer by J.J. Redick with 3:28 remaining closed the gap to 98-90, but the Clippers got no closer. "I mean, they won the series".

The Jazz opened the third on a 23-9 run, extending their lead to 69-48 - largest in the series.

Paul Pierce's 19-year National Basketball Association career came to an end at the final buzzer. Pierce, 39, had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 21 minutes for the Clippers.

After sweeping IN in the opening round, the Cavs will have waited a full week before Monday's Game 1 tips off IN Cleveland -where the Cavaliers are 15-1 against conference opponents over the past three postseasons.


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