04/23 00:22 CDT Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets
Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets
By JOHN COON
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) --- Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the
fourth quarter to rally the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston
Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night.
Jae Crowder added 23 points. Ricky Rubio chipped in 18 points and 11 assists
and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Utah staved off
elimination to force Game 5 on Wednesday.
James Harden scored 30 points to lead Houston. Chris Paul added 23 points,
eight rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon chipped in 16 points.
Utah's offense got a major boost from Crowder and Rubio in the first quarter.
The duo combined for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the quarter to help the
Jazz carve out a double digit lead.
The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 and outscored the Rockets 31-12
in the period. Mitchell scored 13 points in three minutes to fuel the run after
totaling just 12 points in the first three quarters. He capped off the surge
with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Jazz a 91-80 lead with 9:02 remaining.
Mitchell later had an incredible alley-oop dunk when he caught an errant pass
and threw it down.
Crowder got things going by scoring five of Utah's first six baskets. Rubio
built on the momentum by fueling a 14-1 run with four baskets and a pair of
free throws. It helped the Jazz carve out a 30-16 lead with 3:03 left in the
Houston had three straight turnovers to open the door for Utah to seize a
double-digit lead. The Jazz scored 10 points off six Rockets turnovers in the
An 8-0 run, capped by Austin Rivers' dunk off a steal by Chris Paul, helped
Houston trim the deficit to 30-24 before quarter's end.
The Rockets continued to cut into the lead during the second quarter, but could
not overtake Utah until the third quarter. Houston opened the quarter on a 10-2
run sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Gordon. Harden capped it off with
three free throws to give the Rockets a 57-55 lead.
Rockets: Harden and Gordon each shot 50 percent from 3-point range. ... Houston
committed 16 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Jazz. ... The Rockets
finished with just five bench points.
Jazz: After starting 4-of-6 from 3-point range, Utah missed 13 of its next 14
shots from long distance. ... Royce O'Neale grabbed a playoff career high 11
rebounds. O'Neale also finished with 11 points. The Jazz outscored Houston
52-22 in the paint and 17-3 in second chance points.
Game 5 is in Houston on Wednesday.
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