Jazz lose to Clippers, will face Houston in first round of NBA Playoffs

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LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on the final day of the regular season in a relatively meaningless game, 143-137, despite a career-high 40 points by rookie Grayson Allen.

The Jazz finish the regular season with a record of 50-32.

Because Portland and Denver notched comeback victories on Wednesday, the 5th-seeded Jazz will face the #4 seed Houston Rockets in the opening round of the NBA playoffs in Houston on Sunday.

The Jazz and Rockets split their four meetings this year, with each team winning once on each other’s home court.

Houston eliminated the Jazz from last year’s playoffs in five games in the Western Conference semifinals.

With nothing to play for, the Jazz rested Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, who joined Ricky Rubio, Kyle Korver and Raul Neto on the bench.

Allen took advantage of the opportunity, making 13 of 14 free throws and five 3-pointers, but was limited to four points in overtime.

Georges Niang poured in a career-high 24 points for the Jazz, while Tony Bradley also notched a career high with 15 points.

Jae Crowder had 17 points, while Ekpe Udoh added 14. Joe Ingles played in his 304th consecutive game, the longest streak in the NBA.

Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the field, while Ivica Zubac added 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jazz outscored the Clippers 29-24 in the fourth after Los Angeles led by nine to force overtime. Allen had 14 points in the quarter.

His free throws put Utah ahead 126-124, but the Jazz fouled Sindarius Thornwell, who made both to tie it up and force overtime.

The Clippers dominated overtime, 17-8. Zubac had back-to-back dunks and rookie Jerome Robinson scored six of his seven points.

The Clippers shot 71 percent in the first quarter when they led by 17.

They blew that lead by the third when the Jazz tied it twice. Harrell scored the Clippers’ last two baskets to send them into the fourth leading 102-97.

The Jazz will open the playoffs Sunday in Houston at 7:30 p.m.

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