Rockets vs. Jazz: Houston aims to close out Utah in Game 5

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles drives to the basket

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles drives to the basket

However, the team came back by convincingly beating Utah, 113-92, in Salt Lake City on Friday then following it up with this second straight win at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Rockets led by as many as 22 in the first quarter, taking a 37-15 lead on back-to-back baskets from Harden and Gerald Green. Harden stepped into the paint and lifted the ball up, hitting Exum directly in the face.

The Rockets started the second quarter on an 8-0 run, their lead ballooning to 15 after a attractive Luc Mbah A Moute left-handed layup through the foul and ensuing free throw.

Asked to elaborate on the 3-1 lead's significance given that history during their post-game press conference, Paul and Harden both demurred. Favors, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 4, gutted through a limited 16 minutes, managing five points and one rebound off the bench while yielding his starting spot to Jae Crowder.

What the Jazz were in desperate need of in Game 3, and for most of Game 4, was for Donovan Mitchell to get going. The team shot 40 percent from the floor overall, with a frightful 24 percent play in the fourth quarter.

Capela put up 12 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks, two steals and two assists.

Capela has enjoyed a dynamic postseason, averaging 15.4 points, 13 rebounds, and an NBA-high 2.6 blocks.

Davis committed six turnovers and Rondo four for the Pelicans, while Nikola Mirotic grabbed 11 rebounds but missed six of seven shots for just seven points. Paul and the Clippers raced out to a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals. He's shooting 60 percent from the field with Gobert on the floor, which is actually slightly below his regular season percentage but still quite efficient.

Stung by 116-108 Game 2 defeat on their home floor, the Rockets responded with a vengeance to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 second-round series. "We have a really good group that we can go ahead and have good years of success, just because the foundation is so solid and so good that it can go forward".

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"It's tough losing two games here, but they still have to win one more game", said Raul Neto.

Game 5 is scheduled to tip in the Toyota Center Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Rockets defense - But obviously, doing so will be much easier said than done as the Rockets have pretty handily shut down the Jazz offense in three out of the first four games.

"This is a very good basketball team and I'm sure Sunday we'll see another version of them", he said. His backup, Dante Exum, will also miss Game 5 after suffering a hamstring strain in Game 4.

The Houston Rockets took care of business in the way most elite teams should Sunday night.

BC-BKN-Tipoff, 993Rockets, Warriors look to advance to conference finalsAP Photo UTRB102, LAGH125, UTRB118, LAGH113Eds: With AP Photos. Exum was a surprising offensive spark for the Jazz with 9 points in the first period, but picked up three fouls guarding Harden.

A short time later, C.J. had returned to his seat after meeting with security, and he remained there for the rest of the game.

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