Jazz stun Rockets to even series with 116-108 victory
03 May, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Anita Tucker
The Houston Rockets aren't going to shoot as poorly as they did in their game two loss, and the Utah Jazz probably aren'g going to make 15 threes again.
Despite a surge in the second and third quarters, the Rockets, who had the best regular-season record in the National Basketball Association, couldn't get back into the game.
"Ingles' seven from nine from three - they were just too comfortable", said Paul, looking at the score sheet during his media conference. But the Rockets shot a terrible 27% on 3-pointers, including 2-of-10 by Harden. Drop two road games and the Rockets will return home with all the echoes of failed playoffs past from Harden and from Paul.
But with Game 3 Friday in Utah, Houston must adjust to a rookie whose game looks progressively more well-rounded.
For the whole season, he made 204 long-distance shots on 464 attempts for 44 percent - which is fifth in the National Basketball Association in 3-point field goal percentage, behind Klay Thompson, Otto Porter, Reggie Bullock, and Darren Collison.
Exum scored nine points (including on one nasty dunk that reminded us of the 22-year-old's athletic gifts) in 18 minutes. Mitchell had an off shooting night, going 6-of-21 for 17 points, but he dished out a career-best 11 assists, the most in franchise history by a rookie in the playoffs, breaking John Stockton's record. "Defensively is where we have to hang our hat at, and we didn't play as well on defense as we normally do".
What a difference a couple days of rest and preparation can make.
When teams split the first two games of a best-of-seven series in one location, the team with home-court advantage has still won 61% of the series. "We knew they were going to make runs". He racked up five assists in the first quarter and made excellent reads in the pick-and-roll. "They were getting easy baskets".
The Jazz led by as many as 19 in the first half, but the Rockets came back to take the lead in the third quarter.
At the end of the first quarter of Game 1, the Rockets led by 13.
But the Jazz made significant adjustments after Game 1, attacking earlier in possessions instead of moving the ball as much as usual in an attempt to exploit the Rockets' switch-everything defensive scheme.
"I thought Dante's dunk was better than mine", Mitchell said.
The Jazz had every opportunity to fold and let the Rockets take over the game, but they remained composed and relied on their defense to get a victory.
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