The Jazz became the last team to advance to the second round of the playoffs Sunday. Their prize? A date with the top-seeded Warriors.
While one series was wrapping up (Jazz vs. Clippers), another one was starting (Celtics vs. Wizards) on Sunday. Neither game was particularly close, but both provided plenty of entertainment.
Here's how Sunday's games went down:
Gordon Hayward powers Jazz past Clippers
The Jazz (No. 5) became the first and only lower-seeded team to advance past the first round of the playoffs Sunday when they toppled the Clippers (No. 4) 104-91 on the road in Game 7.
Hayward led the way with a game-high 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Derrick Favors and George Hill added 17 points apiece in a balanced scoring effort for Utah.
Despite the back and forth nature of this series, Utah at the look of the better team all along. Their cohesive offense, coupled with a willingness to defend will make them a tough out — even for the mighty Warriors.
Chris Paul added to his postseason woes. Despite scoring 13 points with nine assists, he watched his team drop out of yet another postseason. He has now played 76 career playoff games, which is the most all time by a player without a conference finals appearance.
Isaiah Thomas helps Celtics over Wizards in Game 1
Not only did Thomas score 33 points with nine assists in a 123-111 win over the Wizards, he did so without all of his teeth. Yes, the explosive point guard took a shot to the face and lost a tooth. Despite the unfortunate injury, Thomas played 38 minutes while orchestrating a potent offensive attack.
Jae Crowder and Al Horford stepped for Boston as well. Crowder scored 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting while also hauling in six rebounds. Horford narrowly missed out on a triple-double while scoring 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting with 10 assists and nine rebounds.
After losing its first two games last series against the Bulls, Boston has won five straight.
Monday's game to watch
Game 1: Raptors at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. ET — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be out to prove they can handle anyone at full strength. Cleveland let teams like the Celtics and Raptors gain momentum at the end of the season by playing around with odd substitutions and resting patterns, but they are now focused, healthy and ready to defend their title. Toronto has a ton of depth to go along with All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.