Published: Tue, May 15, 2018

Chris Paul Sparks Rockets over Jazz in Game 4

Chris Paul Sparks Rockets over Jazz in Game 4

However, they could be without reserve point guard Dante Exum in Game 6 after he left Sunday's game in the third quarter with soreness in his left hamstring. "Some of them were contested and some were open". All the current team needed to do to overtake the '08 showing was follow the Game 2 win in Houston with two competitive games in Salt Lake City.

The Rockets won 100-87 on Monday (NZT) in Salt Lake City to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven western conference semi-final series.

This team didn't just win Games 3 and 4 in Utah, they absolutely dominated them. "We're a very hungry and desperate team now". Utah has looked completely overwhelmed in each of their last two losses and looks like they're about to tap out (or have already). The Jazz went 3-0 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena against the Thunder in the opening round so there was plenty of optimism.

From inside their cake-spattered locker room came words of confidence, focus and a firm belief that there is no chance the Rockets will squander this 3-1 lead.

"Well, this game we missed 22 shots at the time", Snyder said. Mitchell was able to score on Tucker in isolation again, using his quick spin move to get past the veteran forward, getting fouled and completing the and one from the free throw line. It didn't help that they struggled with their offensive efficiency in their Game 4 matchup as well. There's a reason Houston is the number one seed in the West and they proved it thoroughly in Games 3 and 4 in which the Jazz were handily defeated in both bouts on their home floor.

Utah ranks second in points allowed in the paint per game (41.7) while Houston ranks 27th (48.1).

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 hit 79.2 percent at the charity stripe. But he played like someone who is determined to change his legacy in Game 4, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, just one turnover and a plus-10 rating.

Starting center Clint Capela also had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds with six shot blocks, two assists, and two steals.

Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. But the Jazz hung around when things looked like they could be unfolding as they had two days earlier, when Houston led 70-40 at the break. Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles handled the ball as well. The Jazz will show their grit but Houston at home is too much to overcome. The goal is to win a championship, of course, but doing so would most likely require them to first confront the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the postseason. The issue of whether this ranks as the Jazz's best playoff showing in those 20 years is debatable, with the absence of Ricky Rubio in this series playing into the discussion. His absence has put a lot of pressure on Mitchell, who is a scorer first and a playmaker second, along with other guys, to try and run the offense. The rookie is averaging only 16.0 points while shooting 32.2 percent from the field over the first three games of the series. Favors suffered a left ankle sprain in Game 3 and went through his pregame warmup before being cleared to play. Alec Burks came off the bench and provided 17 points while Jae Crowder also scored 15 points in the victory.

Apart from his bad Game 3, Ingles has arguably been the Jazz's most consistent fantasy player.

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