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Utah Jazz clinch playoff spot

LOS ANGELES — The Utah Jazz beat the LA Lakers 112-97 Sunday night, and thereby clinched a spot in the post season for the second year in a row.

Jazz players certainly had a reason to rejoice in the locker room. The playoffs seemed to be an impossible dream in January when the team fell to 19-28 after a loss to Atlanta.

Since that loss, the Jazz have gone 28 and 5.

“We worked really hard as a team and as a organization to get to this point and we’re all excited but it’s only the beginning,” said Rudy Gobert.

“Who?” asked Joe Ingles when asked by a reporter about Gordon Hayward leaving.

Ingles ended Sunday night’s game with 22 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, including a slam dunk.

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Head coach Quin Snyder let the team celebrate, then turned their focus to the next two games, which will determine what seed they end up with in the playoffs.