The Rockets have led but all but 40 seconds of playing time in their two games in Utah. The Jazz are scrappy and fight to stay in games, but the story here is that Houston has their number in this series.
Clint Capela shined in Game 4, playing 37 minutes on Sunday and anchored the defense for the entire night. His 12 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks that show on the stat sheet don’t even begin to describe what he brought for the team on both ends of the floor.
Chris Paul, celebrating his 33rd birthday also had himself a night, with 27 points and 12 rebounds. While his play was spectacular all night, his post game interview might have been the best.
The Jazz have a great future with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert but at this point they’ve run into the wall that is the Houston Rockets.
Rockets 100, Jazz 87 – Final
Clint Capela took over the final three minutes of that game and absolutely owned the paint on both ends of the floor. Houston ended the game on a 15-7 run and send this back to Texas for a decisive Game 5.
Rockets 92, Jazz 82 – 3:03 4Q
Chris Paul is up to 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. He’s been huge tonight for Houston.
Rockets 83, Jazz 74 – 7:35 4Q
This game has became wildly chippy. Hard fouls, takedowns, you name it. Clint Capela and Donovan Mitchell just picked up double techs for having words with each other. I personally don’t think it warranted that call but that explains where we’re at.
Rockets 79, Jazz 65 – End of 3Q
Harden and Paul have combined for 44 points through three quarters. It feels like the Rockets are on the verge of blowing this one wide open in the fourth quarter.
Rockets 58, Jazz 48 – Halftime
Donovan Mitchell has come alive in this one! He’s got 15 points and some ridiculous moves in that second quarter. The Jazz are hanging around.
Rockets 30, Jazz 23 – End of 1Q
It’s the Dante Exum show! Off the bench he has nine points on 4-of-5 shooting for the Jazz. James Harden leads all scorers with 14 points.
Rockets 15, Jazz 10 – 4:53 1Q
This game has been a little wild and sloppy. Just watch Donovan Mitchell flying over Clint Capela here.
Rockets 6, Jazz 1 – 8:30 1Q
Rudy Gobert immediately started this game with a block on James Harden but it’s been all Rockets since then.
The Houston Rockets crushed the Utah Jazz in Game 3, 113-92, rebounding a surprising loss the game before. Everything was falling for Houston, which held a 70-40 lead at the half.
A game after Utah proved it could survive without Ricky Rubio, it regressed, with rookie guard Donovan Mitchell scoring just 10 points on 16 shots. Joe Ingles had just six points, and Rudy Gobert scored 12. Things got sloppy for Utah. They had 16 turnovers to 17 assists, and the Rockets capitalized.
The Rockets may have only shot 31 percent from deep, but they finished well at the rim, sinking 49 percent of their total attempts. Eric Gordon scored 25 points on 13 attempts off the bench, James Harden scored 25 on 17 shots, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza both scored 11 points on eight shots each.
For the game, Houston finished with 26 assists to just eight turnovers. Chris Paul and Harden are proving themselves yet again as one of the league’s best backcourts.