Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 26 points and the Utah Jazz took down the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday with a dominating 104-91 victory. The win clinched the series for the Jazz who won their first playoff series since 2010.
The basketball Gods seemed to be smiling down on the Jazz who were playing on International Jazz Day. Safe to say, the Clippers never had a chance.
Derrick Favors had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. George Hill chipped in with 17 points and five assists and Joe Ingles added 12 points, five rebounds, and four steals in the win.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) May 1, 2017
With the win, the Jazz will take on the top-seeded Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors have nearly had a week of rest after sweeping Portland 4-0.
Game 1 will take place Tuesday night in Oakland.
Here’s how players and fans reacted on Twitter to the Jazz’s big playoff victory as well as the Clippers choking in the playoffs once again.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 30, 2017
— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) April 30, 2017
It took EVERYONE to get it done!! What a feeing! On to Round 2! #takenote
— Rodney Hood (@rodneyhood) April 30, 2017
Big team win!! Way to respond to adversity as a TEAM! Now let's focus on the next challenge. #ontothenextone
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) April 30, 2017
— ƃuoɹʇsɯɹɐ uǝq (@dryflyelk) April 30, 2017
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) April 30, 2017
— Fritz Culp (@ovenmitzfritz) April 30, 2017
The newest Utah Jazz fan. pic.twitter.com/qUh0xRwc86
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 30, 2017
— Roy (@Utahrd) April 30, 2017
You can't lose in the second round every year if you lose in the first instead pic.twitter.com/gP8Sx76Hbh
— Grant (@GoldenTaterTot) April 30, 2017
the clippers winning game 6 on the road just to lose game 7 at home is an exactly perfect clippers thing
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 30, 2017
Jazz lose Gobert in multiple games, including phantom fouls in G7, & Hayward with poisoning.
ESPN: Clippers lose because of Griffin injury
— Trevor Phibbs (@trevorphibbs) April 30, 2017
— Kung Fu Kevy (@kevinsgiles) May 1, 2017
Don't want to hear about the Clippers not having Blake; Utah about to win a 2nd game here in LA, both essentially without Rudy Gobert…
— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) April 30, 2017