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Ingles off target as Rockets thrash Jazz

11 May, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Jazz Beat Rockets 116-108, Even Series

The Jazz's other Australian, Dante Exum, was also not as effective in guarding Houston's leader James Harden, who controlled the game with 25 points and 12 assists. Some of them were contested.

"It's tough losing two games here, but they still have to win one more game", said Raul Neto. Utah owns a 103-94 edge in the all-time regular season series though the Rockets swept the four game regular season series this season, capped by a 96-85 road win on February 26.

The Jazz defense has actually been better without Gobert out there as a result of Utah's approach.

Game four is in New Orleans on Sunday. The Jazz went 3-0 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena against the Thunder in the opening round so there was plenty of optimism.

Houston is 36-3 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Utah is 37-7. Later in the quarter after making a free throw, he again made consecutive baskets for the Jazz on a floater with his left hand and another drive up the right side. The Jazz is sputtering at the charity stripe, cashing in only 68.1 of their chances.

But somehow, the Clippers suffered one of the biggest collapses in National Basketball Association history by losing three straight games by double digits to be eliminated 4-3. They'll give everything they got.

"We stayed confident", said Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who also was a member of the team in 2015. Harden, an MVP candidate, only shot 8 of 22 from the field and 1 of 7 from three. If the Rockets continue to defend at a high level, their offense will be enough to carry them to a game 5 win.

Asked to elaborate on the 3-1 lead's significance given that history during their post-game press conference, Paul and Harden both demurred. At one point late in the second quarter, New Orleans was 10-of-15 from 3, while Golden State was just 5-of-15. He's averaging a mere 18 points on 32.5 percent shooting this series. Jae Crowder, Royce O'Neale and Alek Burks in particular combined to hit one-of-12 attempts from beyond the three-point line. They hit 79.2 percent at the charity stripe.

Now, on the brink of elimination facing a 3-1 deficit, the Utah Jazz will head back to Houston for Game 5.

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Capela was a force in Game 4, recording six blocks, 12 points, 15 rebounds and finishing with a plus-3 rating. Five of Capela's swats were in the final three minutes of the game as the Rockets outscored the Jazz 50-42 in the paint.

While Utah has slowed Houston's prolific three point shooting in the last three games of the series, the fact remains that the Jazz is in a 3-1 hole.

Even assuming the Jazz will lose Tuesday in Houston, this season will remain memorable.

"No guarantees", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said pregame, "but I think they got our attention and smacked us good [in Game 2]". Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles handled the ball as well. Any minor push by the Jazz was met with a full shoulder charge, barraging them with 3s and downhill rim attacks.

Magic Johnson said on Twitter that he thought the Clippers could win the championship.

Rubio suffered his injury in Game 6 of Utah's first-round series against Oklahoma City.

Exum left Sunday's Game 4 in the second half and didn't return, and TNT's broadcast captured him grimacing in clear pain on his way to the locker room.

"The bigger the game the better Draymond plays", coach Steve Kerr said, "the more intense he is, the more focus he has".

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