NBA Playoffs: 1-1! Jazz Tie Rockets, Western Conference Semifinals

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 3rd, 2018

Houston, Texas, USA: The Utah Jazz tied the Western Conference Semifinals series with the Houston Rockets 1-1 with a 116-108 win in Game 2 at the Toyota Center, Wednesday.

A hot shooting night allowed the Utah Jazz to steal a game away from the Rockets on their home court.

Joe Ingles and Alec Burks combined for 44 points on 86.9% shooting in Utah’s Game 2 win.

Joe Ingles posted a playoff career-high 27 points on 7-of-9 3FG, setting a Jazz record for most threes made in a postseason game

Rookie Donovan Mitchell added 17 points and 11 assists for his first game this postseason where he scored fewer than 20 points and didn’t lead the team in scoring.

With 11 assists tonight, Donovan Mitchell set a new Utah Jazz rookie record for assists in a playoff game, surpassing John Stockton’s 10 in 1985

Gobert  finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Jazz jumped out to an early lead in this one and led by as many as 19 in the first half.

Utah led by nine before Houston used a 16-5 run to go up 71-69 for its first lead since it was 6-5 with about seven minutes left in the third. The Jazz went back up 86-85 by the end of the period.

Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn’t keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as their normally potent offense went cold.

James Harden had 32 points and 11 assists, and Chris Paul added 23 points as Houston fell to the Jazz for the first time this season after winning the first five meetings.

Despite his 32 points, Harden would shoot just 9-off-22 from the field. But 12 of his 32 points would come from the charity stripe while he struggled from beyond the arc (2-of-10). Still, he did add 11 assists and seven rebounds. But on Wednesday night, it wouldn’t be enough.

Capela finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jazz were behind by two with eight minutes left before using a 16-2 run to pull away. Game 3 is Friday night in Utah.

The series moves to Utah for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Sunday.

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