Joe Johnson has seen a lot in his 16 years in the NBA. So the veteran didn't flinch with the clock ticking down and the score tied.
Johnson drove the lane and hit a floater at the buzzer, giving the Jazz a 97-95 playoff ictory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
"I just wanted to get as close as I could to the basket, and it was a good thing it went down," Johnson said.
Johnson, who scored 21 points, was left isolated against Jamal Crawford on the final play. He worked his way inside and lofted a shot over Crawford and DeAndre Jordan that bounced around the rim before falling in. A video review confirmed it was good.
"I just try to be patient, get to a sweet spot, and make the right play," Johnson said.
He's made an NBA-best eight game-winning buzzer-beaters in the past 10 years. "That's what he's been doing all his career," Utah's Boris Diaw said. "So when he gets the ball at the end of the game, we are pretty confident."
The Jazz was dealt a blow before either team had settled into the game.
Center Rudy Gobert suffered a hyperextended left knee on the game's first play when he banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, leaving the Jazz without its 7-1 star who averaged 14 points and 12.8 rebounds during the regular season. X-rays were negative.
Blazers' big man sits
Portland center Jusuf Nurkic missed Game 1 of the Trail Blazers' Western Conference playoff series at Golden State after missing the last seven games of the regular season with a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg.
Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic wasn't quite ready to return and he would go with "center by committee" against the top-seeded Warriors, who won the opener 121-109.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr quipped of Nurkic's absence: "How big is it? ... 270 and 7 feet."