Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series

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"He wanted to play and got out there and just didn't have anything". "I feel like we would rather put the pressure on them going there 2-2 knowing we can get a win there and bring it back home".

Joe Johnson didn't start, but he was the best player on the court at the finish, scoring 26 points off the bench, including 11-in-a-row at one point in the fourth quarter. The Clippers deployed ace defender Luc Mbah a Moute to slow down Johnson but even he couldn't slow down the veteran forward.

The Jazz played the second half without their lone All-Star, as Gordon Hayward was sent home at halftime with flu-like symptoms from food poisoning. Johnson did a bit of everything, from hitting floaters in the lane to dropping 3-pointers, to keep the Clippers' defense on its heels. He scored just three points and looked physically sapped.

Johnson's fourth quarter performance may have been the story of the game, but there were other significant factors from Game 4 that need to be noted as well. They should have realized that they once again are getting lucky by seeing a Jazz star leave the game early.

Of course it had to be on the night where Gobert returned to the lineup. "So, I've got one more day to recover and I'll be fine on Tuesday". Paul can potentially carry this Clippers team to a first round win over the Utah Jazz, but even that is still up in the air.

When Crawford sat with 4:45 remaining in the first half, his 15 points were one shy of DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Paul combined.

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"It's unbelievable, isn't it?" said Joe Ingles, who had a career-high 11 assists.

The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 on Sunday evening, putting their series at two games a piece as a result.

It was the second time in the series that Utah prevailed while playing short-handed.

Then the Jazz's bench checked into the game.

Hood would connect on nine-foot jumper to give the Jazz a 99-92 advantage, just as he displayed his trademark "shimmy". Before tip-off, the Jazz were, in fact, favored according to the good folks in Las Vegas and Utah did receive the benefit of the seemingly unlikely return of Rudy Gobert.

Rivers' stat line of 12 points on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.1 percent from deep along with 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists isn't exactly mind-blowing, but he is an underrated defender, a quick and solid finisher and brings a lot of edge to this Clippers team. And now with Griffin out, this team faces the realistic prospects of a second consecutive first-round exit, which would have serious ramifications for the team's future. Things are looking dire for the Clippers, who once again have had a key player fall to injury in the playoffs and look like they are about to choke away their 2-1 series lead. Ingles' work goes far beyond the specialty of shooting, however, and his entire game bled through the festivities in Salt Lake City for Game 4.

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