Be honest here. Raise your hand if you had Terance Mann being the hero at any stage of the NBA Playoffs. He was that on Friday night for the Los Angeles Clippers. And that may be putting it lightly. He was a superhero in the way he performed, helping them come from behind in Game 6 to win 131-119 at home in front of a capacity crowd and thus advance to the Western Conference Finals where they will take on the Phoenix Suns. Mann was utterly tremendous, picking up the slack for the injured Kawhi Leonard by scoring 39 points.
He had averaged seven points a game during the regular season, so even by those standards, this was extraordinary. He hit seven out of ten three-pointers to accrue 21 of those points. At one stage, the Clippers were down as many as 25 in the third quarter before a ferocious 75-40 run to close out the game and series. Paul George added 28 points and Reggie Jackson had a double-double with 27 and ten assists as well. The vanquished Jazz, who won the first two games and then lost four consecutive to bow out, were paced by Donovan Mitchell’s 39. The top seed will now head back to the drawing board this offseason while the Clippers prepare for a well-rested Suns squad.