Crawford three-pointer lifts Clippers to win over Jazz
(The Sports Xchange) - Jamal Crawford scored 30 points and hit a game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to lift the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers to a shocking 102-99 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday.
The Clippers, who've already clinched the No. 4 spot in the playoffs, played without the bulk of their starting lineup as Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan remained in Los Angeles for rest.
Utah, which is trying to secure a playoff appearance for the first time since 2012, couldn't take advantage of the key Clippers' absences thanks to a gutsy performance by the undermanned visitors.
Cole Aldrich had a huge night for the Clippers with season-highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds, while Paul Pierce and Jeff Green each chipped in 18 points.
Gordon Hayward scored 24 points to lead the Jazz, who dropped to 39-40. Rodney Hood and Shelvin Mack each scored 13.
Utah leads Houston for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs by one game with three games remaining.
Alec Burks played for the Jazz for the first time since suffering a broken left fibula against the Clippers on Dec. 26. He scored 11 points.
Utah rallied out of a 10-point deficit to take a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter before the Clippers surged to force overtime.
Aldrich tied the game with a putback bucket off of his own miss with two seconds remaining in regulation. The Jazz's last-second attempt by Hayward was off. Continued...