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Joe Johnson bounces in a buzzer-beater as Jazz steal Game 1

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Iso Joe came up big down the stretch to steal Game 1 in Los Angeles.

Time and time again, Joe Johnson has come up big for his team. In his first playoff game with the Jazz, he proved he’s still got it.

The veteran Johnson got an isolation against Jamal Crawford and took him to the rack for a buzzer-beating floater over DeAndre Jordan’s outstretched arms to lead the Utah Jazz to a 97-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 on Saturday.

Johnson said during his walk-off interview that the one-on-one with Crawford was what he wanted. He finished with 21 points on nine-of-14 shooting, but no shot was as big as his hanging floater as time expired. Our hat’s off to Jazz head coach Quin Snyder for opting not to call a timeout after Chris Paul’s layup tied the game at 95-95 with just 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Behind Johnson’s game-winner, the Jazz stole a game on the Clippers’ home floor. They did it without Rudy Gobert, who left the game with a knee injury 11 seconds into the first quarter.