The Utah Jazz led by their rookie stud Donovan Mitchell leave the Toyota Center against the Houston Rockets with a win stealing home court advantage away from the Rockets. They won Game 2 defeating the Rockets 116-108. Not too many people gave the Jazz a chance outside of Utah to win a game in Houston and they surprised many. After losing Game 1 on Sunday afternoon come back on two days rest and played like it.
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They beat the Rockets at their own game hitting five more three's than the Rockets (15-10) and did a great job keeping a hand in the Rockets shooters faces. Despite Donovan Mitchell not having the best shooting nights going just 6-21 from the field. He finished with 17 points but had a team high 11 assist and a put back dunk in the fourth quarter that had his teammates on the sidelined jumping out of their seats. He was limited in the first half because of three fouls.
The Jazz gave Mitchell plenty of help with five other players scoring in double figures. Joe Ingles scored a team high 27 points on 10-13 shooting and 7-9 from three. He hit several big shots for the Jazz in the fourth. Rudy Gobert had another double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Jae Crowder, Alec Burks, and Dante Exum were also major contributors off the bench helping the bench outscore the Rockets 39-22. Crowder scored 15 points, Burks 17, and Exum 9 points.
The Rockets who were behind by as much as 19 seemed to be playing catch up for most of the game up until late in the 3rd. They weren't playing with the same sense of urgency that they did in their Game 1 win.
Jame Harden showed up once again with a game high 32 points and 11 assist but shot just 9-22 from the field and mere 2-10 from three. They showed Harden bodies and did a better job not allowing Harden to play one-on-one. Chris Paul had a solid game scoring 23 points and Clint Capela had another double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets now have to travel to Utah where the Jazz didn't lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous serious. The crowd in Utah believes they can do it..now the scary thing is the Jazz believe they can.
Game 3: Friday 5/4 7:30 PT
What To Watch For: Can the Jazz continue to control the tempo and get a balanced attack?
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