MANILA, Philippines — The 50-year drought for the Los Angeles Clippers is over.
They are now through to their first-ever Conference Finals after closing out the first-seeded Utah Jazz, 131-119, in Game Six at Staples Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Led by a career-high 39 points from Terance Mann, the Clippers set up a clash with the already waiting Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals.
It was a tale of two halves for the Jazz who led by as much as 25 points in the first half before the Clippers outscored them, 41-22, in the third salvo.
The run continued for the Clippers in the fourth where they clinched their first lead since 40-39, 96-95 early in the fourth quarter.
Buoyed by the crowd and momentum by their side, the Clippers even increased their lead to as big as 10, 128-118 with just a minute and change left.
After going down 0-2 in the first two games, the Clippers won four straight to advance to the next round.
Two of those games — Games 5 and 6 — were played without Kawhi Leonard.
Paul George connived with Mann in Leonard's absence with 28 points while Jackson had 27.
Donovan Mitchell paced the Jazz in their season-ending loss with 39 points.
Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson scattered 21 points — all in the second quarter.
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