After electing to rest J.J. Redick, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers’ roster was extremely thin. With all the starters out, Cole Aldrich, Pablo Prigioni, and Jamal Crawford would slide into starting spots, and Rivers only gave extended minutes to six of his players. Despite the strenuous minutes logged by everyone, Los Angeles was able to force overtime and pull out a victory in Salt Lake City, 102-99.
Jamal Crawford sunk a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to seal the win after Derrick Favors switched onto him. Crawford finished the game and led all scorers with 30 points on 9/20 shooting. He logged 49 minutes in the contest, beating Rodney Hood by three minutes for the most. Crawford had 15 of his points going into halftime, then came out with 10 in the third to put the Clippers back in front of the Jazz 79-72 as the entered the fourth.
Cole Aldrich had a career night and established season-highs in points, with 21, and rebounds, with 18. He added a career-high five steals as well. Jeff Green and Paul Pierce contributed 18 points apiece, and Pablo Prigioni rounded out the scoring with 13.
Aldrich had two of his 21 as the game-tying basket in regulation. He collected his miss on a reverse layup, then lifted a little floater to tie the game at 94 all.
Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Utah. Rodney Hood and Shelvin Mack were the closest to him and contributed 13 points each.
Both teams are back on the court Sunday. Utah visits Denver, and the Clippers host the Mavericks.
Around The League
With their 112-99 victory, the Detroit Pistons clinched a playoff berth and eliminated the Wizards. Reggie Jackson had 39 points and nine assists to lead Detroit to the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09. Bradley Beal had 25 to lead Washington.
Tim Duncan scored more than 20 points (21) for the first time this season, despite losing to Denver 102-98. Popovich rested all his key players aside from Duncan. Jusuf Nurkic had 21 for the Nuggets, and Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in 20.
The Knicks were able to edge out the 76ers, 109-102. Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 boards, and Carmelo Anthony had 20 on 8/18 shooting. Robert Covington had a game-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds.
MIA 109 – ORL 112
NYK 109 – PHI 102
BKN 99 – CHA 113
MIL 109 – BOS 124
WASH 99 – DET 112
IND 98 – TOR 111
LAL 102 – NOLA 110
MEM 93 – DAL 103
SAS 98 – DEN 102
LAC 102 (OT) – UTAH 99