Houston, Texas, USA: Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets are in the Western Conference Finals after sending the Utah Jazz packing 112-102 in Game 5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Tuesday. It’s their second trip in the last four seasons.
Chris Paul, CP3, put the Houston Rockets on his back in game 5 scoring 41 points ,10 assists, seven rebounds and making 8 3-pointers. Chris Paul also recorded 0 turnovers.
Chris Paul is the first player to have 40 points, 10 assists, and 0 turnovers in a playoff game since turnovers became a stat in 1977-78
Star rookie Donovan Mitchell had 24 points for Utah before leaving with about seven minutes left with an apparent left leg injury.
The Rockets lead the Jazz 21-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Three-straight 3-pointers help the Rockets close out the first half with a 54-46 lead.
Both Chris Paul and PJ Tucker continue to make big plays for the Rockets in the third quarter.
Donovan Mitchell scores 22 points in the third quarter to help the Jazz gain a 78-75 lead on the Rockets at the end of the third quarter.
After two made free throws, Donovan Mitchell has 19 points for the Jazz in the third quarter.
PJ Tucker helped the Rockets regain the lead 81-80 on the Jazz with a 3-pointer
Gerald Green throws down a dunk to extend Houston’s lead 86-82 on Utah.
Chris Paul hits a 3 with under 6 minutes left to extend Houston’s lead to 97-89 on Utah.
After Utah’s 7-0 run, Chris Paul hits back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Rockets’ lead 105-96
The game ends 112-102 Rockets win.
Houston returns to the conference finals for the first time since 2015. It’s the second straight season the Jazz lost in this round after being swept by Golden State last season.
Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, also had 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Houston will meet the winner of the series between Golden State and New Orleans, which the Warriors lead 3-1.