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

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrates a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday

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.

The NBA fined Rondo for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder from the bench in Game 3. Joe Johnson - following on from his game one heroics - was clutch again in the fourth quarter.

"Iso Joe" has become a major problem for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jazz at Clippers, series tied 2-2.

Bench production lifted Utah in the first quarter.

"He's so sure with the ball", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Given the fact that there's only a few guys in the league who actually have signature shoes, and those shoes are usually some of the best around, it's unavoidable that players are going to wear other players' signature shoes. Joe was unbelievable with his pace and how to get to his spots and stuff like that.

The veteran forward scored or assisted eight of Utah's final nine field goals. It was incredibly encouraging, and it looks like we'll get something approaching 100 percent Rudy Gobert for the rest of the playoffs.

The Clippers led 87-80 when Johnson, whose buzzer-beater in Game 1 beat the Clippers, knocked down a seemingly harmless jumper.

"I remember last game, CP really putting his stamp on the game towards the end", Johnson said. With Gordon Hayward out with the flu, the Jazz offense was desperately in need for an aggressive scorer.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Le Bron James dunks during the second half in Game 3 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Thursday

Joe Ingles came up big for the Utah Jazz as they defeated the LA Clippers 105-98 and levelled the series at two games apiece.

Our models project Hayward for 21.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 34.6 minutes of action in Game 5. Griffin has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, increasing the pressure on the rest of the Clippers.

During one particular stoppage in play, two fans participated in a race on the Vivint Arena court inside inflatable plastic balls, according to video from ABC News digital producer Jon Healy. "Had an opportunity to get two, but it is what it is".

Not only did the 24-year-old set a career high with 14.0 points per game this season, he also added 12.8 rebounds per game and a league-best 2.6 blocks per game. But Los Angeles shot 44 percent from the field, compared to 54.1 percent for Utah.

Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while George Hill scored 13.

The Jazz won even though Hayward did not play in the second half.

Both prior and following the game, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was adamant in saying that "he (Gobert) doesn't affect what we do".

The Clippers led by seven with seven minutes to go as Chris Paul took control. (Johnson) made tough shots on our best defender. And we told him that.

Clippers: Austin Rivers sat out again with a strained left hamstring. He has not played in the series.

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