The night started looking like a break for the Jazz — they could use a win in their quest to make the playoffs, and the visiting Clippers decided to rest their big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.
But they didn’t rest Jamal Crawford.
The guy making his seemingly annual Sixth Man of the Year push had 30 points on 20 shots, including this game-winning three over Derrick Favors to give Los Angeles a 102-99 win.
This leaves the Jazz in the eighth seed in the West (the final playoff spot), one game ahead of the nine seed Rockets with three to play. Utah’s magic number is three (either their wins or Houston losses) to clinch a playoff spot. Houston has a soft schedule left and should win out, although they also just lost to the lowly Suns so anything can happen. If Utah wins their final three games, they’re in. However, it’s not an easy lineup: Denver (which is playing better of late), Dallas (both teams with playoffs on the line), and the Lakers on the road (Kobe Bryant‘s last game, so it could get interesting).