NBA Playoffs: 3-1! Rockets Rock Jazz, Western Conference Semifinals

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 7th, 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Houston Rockets lead the series 3-1 after a 100-87 win against the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of Western Conference Semifinals at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Sunday night. Birthday boy, Chris Paul led all scorers with 27 points and 12 rebounds but Clint Capela’s dominance on the defensive end is what helped Rockets to close the game out tonight. James Harden added 24 points.

Clint Capela’s sixth blocked shot is the exclamation point on the Rockets’ 100-87 win. James Harden shouted in Capela’s face at the buzzer, congratulating the blossoming star big man on a dominant performance (12 points, 15 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes).

Clint Capela owned the paint at the end of Game 4. He is the only player in the last 20 seasons with 5 blocks in the final 3 minutes of a game (regular season or playoffs)

The Rockets went up by 15 in the second quarter before the Jazz closed to 51-46 on back-to-back three-point plays by Mitchell. Utah trailed 58-48 at the half.

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 before fouling out and Joe Ingles had 15 for the Jazz. Gobert, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds, blocked two shots in the opening moments but the Rockets burst to another big lead, 11-3, just as they did Game 1 and 3

Mitchell started finding lanes to the basket late and got the Jazz within 85-80 after he fueled a 10-2 run. But Paul, who matched his scoring high for this playoff run, hit a pull-up jumper and found Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer to put the Rockets back up by double digits and they never looked back.

Neither team was accurate from beyond the arc as the Jazz were 7-for-29 and Houston went 10-for-38.

Game 5 is on Tuesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

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