By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 30 points for the Utah Jazz in the away win, 120-113, versus the Memphis Grizzlies to take a 3-1 lead in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The French big produced 17 points, eight rebounds, two rejections, and one assist. The Croatian sharpshooter added 13 points behind three triples, two assists, and two rebounds.
The hosts failed to get to 2-2 and will instead try to stay alive with an away win of their own in Game 5. Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas posted a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double, his third in the best-of-seven series, to go along with one assist, one block, and one steal in 35 minutes.
The other Monday game saw the Washington Wizards avoid elimination with a 122-114 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are still up, 3-1, in the best-of-seven series but lost Joel Embiid to a sore right knee. Turkish Furkan Korkmaz registered seven points, three rebounds, and one steal in a losing effort.
Latvian Davis Bertans went for 15 points, four assists, and one block for the winning side but suffered a right calf strain and exited. Ukrainian Alex Len squeezed one rebound and German Isaac Bonga missed one shot in limited action.
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