Gordon Hayward had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.
Portland coach Terry Stotts can look to last year's playoffs for some guidance, though he said Golden State's defense is far better now.
As good as the Warriors have been, this isn't an opponent they can just show up to the arena and beat. Shabazz had another good game. Kevin Durant averaged 29.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in those wins. "That was a key to the victory".
New Orleans rookie Cheick Diallo has spent the season back and forth with the NBA's Development League, but he helped the Pelicans get one last victory before the off-season. "It was one of those weird bounces, we looked at in on replay like 10 times and we still don't know what happened".
I asked Ingles what he was thinking on that play.
Connaughton also had consecutive career nights after scoring 15 points against the Spurs. After Mbah a Moute had varying success all night limiting Utah guard Gordon Hayward, he buried a jumper for a 92-89 lead 3:10 remaining.More news: Antetokounmpo scores 28 points, Bucks beat Raptors 97-83
"We fought until the end of the year to get it, and now we've given it right back", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "It's my job to knock them down". Both sharp-shooters sat out against the Spurs Monday night, Lillard with a right foot strain and McCollum with a right hand strain.
For all the talk of the Clippers' core facing a reckoning this summer if they don't exorcise their playoff demons, the Jazz enter the offseason at their own treacherous crossroads. The score was tied 53-53 at intermission. Steve Kerr knows this and so does his group of veteran players, most of whom know exactly what it takes to not only survive the first round but make it all the way to the Finals in June.
Connaughton's 3-pointer put Portland in front 93-86 in the final period. The Pelicans responded with a 15-0 run to seize a 99-93 lead with 2:59 to go.
Tim Quartermanis also listed as questionable with a concussion. He missed the first free throw, then intentionally missed the second.
Noah Vonleh is not sure how the ball ended up with him, though he thinks it may have bounced off of teammate Meyers Leonard.
Stephen Curry has been playing his best basketball of the season to end the year and has pushed himself into the MVP conversation, even if he isn't going to win. "We did that for the most part". We really shouldn't be making a big deal out of it.
"I like our chances", Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard boasted before his club flew into Oakland. PF Ed Davis (left shoulder) and C Festus Ezeli (left knee) are out.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak at home for Portland.