Houston push Jazz to the brink
The Houston Rockets matched the Golden State Warriors in taking a commanding 3-1 lead in their second round series with a 100-87 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Rockets now head back from Salt Lake City to Texas with a chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
Leading the way for the Rockets was Chris Paul, as the 33-year-old point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina had a game high 27 points, whole pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists for a double-double for the contest.
The Rockets held the Jazz to only 39 points in the second half on route to the victory. James Harden had an off evening, but still finished with 24 points, while grabbing four rebounds and passing out three assists for the game.
The Jazz came back to Utah with the series at 1-1 and were 28-13 this season at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
However, they could not take advantage and despite their win down in Houston, the Jazz struggled on the road all season, with a losing record away from the state of Utah 20-21.
Donovan Mitchell had a team-high 25 points, while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out two assists, while the Jazz were without Ricky Rubio for the fourth straight game.
The potential series-ending Game 5 is at the Toyota Center in Texas on Tuesday evening.
The Rockets will hope to not have to travel back to Utah before potentially hosting Golden State in the Western Conference Final.
Houston are 29/20 to win the Western Conference title, with the Warriors 10/19.
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