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  • 25 April 2019
    LOS ANGELES -- Austin Rivers played as many minutes as the starters after coach Doc Rivers saw what his son was doing to disrupt Utahs Joe Johnson.The younger Rivers scored 19 points in 28 minutes, Blake Griffin added 18 and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Utah Jazz 88-75 in their home opener Sunday.Jamal Crawford had 12 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds despite spraining his right thumb .George Hill led the Jazz with 18 points and reserve Dante Exum added 10. Johnson, who had 29 points in his Utah debut, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.Johnson was effective to start the game, including a sequence in which he hit a jumper, stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer that gave Utah its first lead. Thats when Rivers came off the bench.I honestly didnt think we would go with him that early with Joe, Doc Rivers said. He actually was very effective on Joe because Joe had it going and once he got it going, we figured throw Austin in and see what we can do.The Clippers took the lead for good in the second quarter on Griffins fast-break dunk. It was part of a 22-4 run over both halves that pushed their lead to 49-35. Six different Clippers contributed to the spurt, led by Griffins seven points .Last year we were trying to figure out each other and not get in each others way, the younger Rivers said. Now the group has one goal. Everyone is focused on winning.Rivers scored six of the Clippers first eight points in the fourth, extending their lead to 77-56. The backup was 8 of 11 from the floor.The Jazz never got a sustained run going in the second half. Two free throws by Exum drew them within eight late in the third, the closest they came in the half.I dont think we played well offensively, our defense kept us in the game for a while, but some of our better players struggled, Utah coach Quin Snyder said.TIP-INSJazz: F Gordon Hayward, who averaged 28.3 point, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists against the Clippers last season, sat out his third straight game with a broken finger on his left hand.Clippers: In the first quarter, Griffin (8,836) surpassed Corey Maggette (8,835) for fourth on the teams career scoring list. ... They won their home opener for the fifth straight year. ... The Clippers have won eight in a row at home, including the final seven games of last season.HURTING D.J.Jordan had a severe reaction upon spraining his thumb midway through the third quarter. He returned midway through the fourth and got one rebound after getting hurt.I was worried because I saw the swelling, the elder Rivers said. Lets just hope its OK.Paul was concerned, too, calling Jordan the most durable guy in our league.Jordan will have an X-ray.NBA DEBUTUtahs Joel Bolomboy made his NBA debut with one rebound, one assist and one turnover in four minutes. He didnt take a shot. The rookie forward helped Weber State earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament last season.He was a little nervous at first, but once he got in there he played well for the short minutes he was in, teammate Derrick Favors said.BOARDINGThe Clippers controlled the boards, 49-43. They had a 14-7 edge on the offensive glass, led by six rebounds from Jordan and four from Luc Mbah a Moute.BABY GIRLGriffins infant daughter attended her first regular season game in the arms of his girlfriend Brynn Cameron.Finley is the couples second child. Their 3-year-old son, Ford, tagged after his mom and new sister carrying a small ball. Ford wore a gray sweatshirt that read Leader of the Pack.It was a family affair, with Griffins parents in town from Oklahoma and brother Taylor on hand.UP NEXTJazz: Off Monday before playing at San Antonio on Tuesday.Clippers: Host the Suns on Monday in the seasons first back-to-back and second of three consecutive home games. Cheap Balenciaga Shoes UK For Sale . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. Balenciaga Shoes UK Outlet .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Wholesale Balenciaga Shoes UK . Reassurance came from Paul Tesori, his caddie and close friend whose newborn son is in intensive care in a Florida hospital. "Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that. Balenciaga Shoes UK . PETERSBURG, Fla.Real Madrid closed the gap on the top two in La Liga with an unconvincing 3-1 victory over rock-bottom Levante on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldos 23rd top-flight goal on the season - a 34th-minute penalty - set Madrid on their way to victory before debutant Borja Mayoral forced Levante stopper Diego Marino to turn the ball into his own net four minutes later. As it happened Relive the action as Real Madrid closed the gap on the top two in La Liga with a 3-1 win at Levante. Acosta Deyverson pulled on back for the hosts 80 seconds later, but that was all they could muster as it was left for substitute Isco to wrap up the victory in stoppage time with Reals third. The result leaves Real nine points behind leaders Barcelona and four behind Madrid rivals Atletico. Levante remain rooted to the foot of La Liga, six points from safety. Ronaldo took his goal tally to 35 goals in all competitions this season With Zinedine Zidane conceding his sides hopes of winning La Liga were over after Sundays defeat to Atletico Madrid, the Frenchman made five changes ahead of the trip to the Ciudad de Valencia, with Castilla product Mayoral handed his first Los Blancos start.Levante entered the game cut adrift at the bottom of the table knowing a victory would move them to within three points of safety, and they could have been ahead after five minutes, only for Keylor Navas to keep out Giuseppe Rossis low effort with an excellent reflex save.Chances were few and far between in an uneventful opening quarter until Ronaldo missed a gilt-edged opportunity from a corner, heading over from six yards out with the gooal gaping on 27 minutes.dddddddddddd. Isco celebrates his goal at the Ciutat de Valencia After Levante made two fruitless trips into the Real area, the visitors were awarded a free-kick when Lucas Orban brought Lucas Vazquez to the ground in the area, with Ronaldo finishing ruthlessly to Marinos right from 12 yards.Four minutes later it was two as Mayorals control, turn and shot at the edge of the Levante area saw his low effort strike the post but crucially cross the line via deflection off the stricken Marino. Levantes Brazilian forward Deyverson reduced the arrears shortly after Reals second Real appeared to down tools after going two ahead as a long ball up field caused panic in the visitors defence, allowing Deyverson, who twice evaded the offside trap, to slide the ball low past Navas.After the break, Ronaldo missed two good chances to extend Reals lead, the first following James Rodriguezs superb lofted pass on the left from which he hit against the inside of the post. Debutant Borja Mayoral forces own-goal with low first-half shot Having denied Rossi in the first half, Navas was on hand to keep substitute Ruben Garcias shot out, which had deflected off Raphael Varane as the full-time whistle approached.And, having failed to find a way through the Madrid defence, it was left for Isco to wrap up the victory for Zidanes men, slotting home Ronaldos pull back two minutes into time added on. ' ' '