Chris Paul shows way as Clippers erase huge early deficit to beat Jazz and take series lead
Los Angeles guard Chris Paul passes the ball as Utah forward looks on. AP

THE Los Angeles Clippers took the lead in the first round playoff series against the Utah Jazz with a 111-106 victory on Friday in Salt Lake City (Saturday, Manila time).

Chris Paul showed the way for the Clippers, who erased a 25-38 deficit before surviving a tough endgame.

Los Angeles held Utah scoreless in a five minute stretch in the fourth to rise from a four-point deficit to a seven-point lead.

The Clippers made it back-to-back wins for a 2-1 lead after dropping the series opener at home.

Paul scored 32 on 12 of 22 shooting and also made 10 assists.

DeAndre Jordan also came up with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Luke Mbah a Moute added 15 points, while Blake Griffin added 11 points for Los Angeles.

Game Four is on Sunday.

Gordon Hayward scored 40 points and George Hill added 26 for Utah.

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