NBA Playoffs 2018: Rockets Turn Back Jazz, 100-87, Take 3-1 Series Lead

By Raymund Tamayo
May. 07, 2018

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The Houston Rockets asserted their might against the Utah Jazz for the second straight game as they pulled off a 100-87 Game 4 victory to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul led the Rockets with 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and two steals. His fellow All-Star backcourt partner, James Harden, had a bad game shooting 8-for-22 from the field, including a 1-for-7 clip from downtown. Harden still finished with 24 points, four boards, three assists, and four steals with eight turnovers.

Starting center Clint Capela also had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds with six shot blocks, two assists, and two steals. PJ Tucker contributed 11 points and seven boards starting at the four spot.

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Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell struggled with his shooting for the third straight game, finishing with 25 points going 8-for-24 from the field. He also had nine boards, four assists, and two steals before fouling out.

Joe Ingles failed to sustain his hot-shooting streak from three-point range as he went 2-for-7 during the night, scoring 15 points. Rudy Gobert had 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks as the third Utah player who scored in double-digits.

Houston dominated the game from start to finish as they managed to again establish themselves as the team to beat in the West.

Mitchel tried to lead the Jazz to a comeback as he spearheaded a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter, bringing Utah within 5 points, 85-80. However, Houston responded with a 15-7 run of their own to seal the game.

The Rockets lost Game 2 at home last Wednesday to give the Jazz a semblance of hope that they can pull off a series upset. However, the team came back by convincingly beating Utah, 113-92, in Salt Lake City on Friday then following it up with this second straight win at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni and his crew have a chance to close out the series at home on Tuesday.