The Utah Jazz are coming out of Houston with a series split in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Utah retained the 116-108 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday night, stunning the best Rockets at home with a dominant push in the fourth quarter to put the game out.
The Jazz led by up to 19 points in the first half, but Houston went ahead before the third quarter closed. This seemed like another recipe for James Harden to play the hero, but it was Utah who took over late, using a 16-2 run during the final period to secure victory.
The Jazz, playing without the injured owner Ricky Rubio, had six players that reached double figures. Joe Ingles scored 27 points in 7 of 9 shots from the three point point. Rudy Gobert was a monster in the paint, finishing with 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. And then there was Donovan Mitchell, who scored a goal from mate and scored 17 points and 11 assists, even on a hard night of shooting (6-21 from the field).
The Rockets threw just 24 percent from the field in the fourth quarter. Harden had 32 points and 11 assists, but Utah was not going to lose this game.