The Jerusalem Post

Clippers take 3-2 series lead on Jazz; Hawks escape 26-point hole, shock Sixers in Game 5


Paul George scored 37 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers, playing without injured Kawhi Leonard, to a surprising 119-111 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City late Wednesday night in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal series.

Marcus Morris Sr. added 25 points and Reggie Jackson fired in 22 points to help Los Angeles take a 3-2 lead in the best-ofseven series. The fourth-seeded Clippers can eliminate the top-seeded Jazz in Los Angeles in Game 6 on Friday.

Despite the absence of Leonard, who was sidelined due to a sprained right knee, the Clippers withstood a blistering first-half shooting performanc­e by the Jazz to win their third consecutiv­e game after falling behind 0-2 in the series.

George also had 16 rebounds and dished out five assists.

Bojan Bogdanovic hit nine three-pointers and scored 32 points to lead the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell, limited by a sprained ankle, added 21 points, five assists and five rebounds for Utah.

The Jazz again played without Mike Conley, who has yet to appear in the series because of a strained right hamstring.

The Jazz hit 17-of-30 threepoint attempts in the first half but only took a 65-60 lead into the locker room. Bogdanovic hit his first six long-distance attempts in the first quarter and had 18 points in the opening period and 23 by halftime.

The Clippers scored 17 points off the Jazz’s 11 first-half turnovers to neutralize Utah’s early hot shooting.

The third quarter was the turning point for Los Angeles.

The Clippers outscored the Jazz 17-5 to open the second half and eventually establishe­d a 10-point lead in the third quarter. Utah missed all 10 of its three-point attempts in the period and was outscored 32-18 as Los Angeles turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 92-83 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Hawks 109, 76es 106

Trae Young scored a playoff-career-high 39 points and Atlanta rallied from a 26-point, second-half deficit to stun host Philadelph­ia and take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 6 in the best-of-seven series will be played Friday at Atlanta.

The Hawks trailed by 18 points entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the 76ers 40-19 in the final period. Atlanta never led until Young made three free throws with 1:26 to go for a 105-104 advantage.

John Collins added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Danilo Gallinari contribute­d 16 points, and Lou Williams had 15.

Philadelph­ia’s Joel Embiid finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots but missed two free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining with the Sixers trailing 107-104.

Sixers guard Seth Curry had a playoff-career-high 36 points, including seven three-pointers. Ben Simmons continued to struggle from the free-throw line, going 4-of-14, and wound up with eight points. (Reuters)

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