Chris Paul is heading to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in his career, as the Houston Rockets cruised past the Utah Jazz 112-102 Tuesday evening at the Toyota Center in Texas.
Paul made sure that this year would be unlike his time with the Los Angeles Clippers as the point guard dominated Game 5 of the series.
The future hall of famer had his best ever play-off game, as the 33-year-old from Winston-Salem, North Carolina had a post-season career high of 41 points, while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out 10 assists for a double-double for the game.
The Rockets won the last three games in the series to finish off the Jazz 4-1.
Paul scored 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter to close out the game, while Houston made 18 three pointers on Tuesday, which also allowed them to break an NBA record for 10 or more threes in 16 straight play-off games.
Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz in defeat, as the 21-year-old shooting guard out of the University of Louisville had a team high 24 points, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out nine assists for the game. Alec Burks also had 22 points for Utah off the bench.
The Rockets will have home court in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who qualified for their fourth consecutive Conference Final by winning their series against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Stephen Curry had 28 points and appeared back to full strength in 37 minutes of action.
The Warriors are 20/33 to win the series against Houston, with the Rockets 29/20.
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