After a blowout loss in the first game of the series against Houston, the Utah Jazz got off to a torrid start in Game 2, and held off the Rockets, 116-108, to even the series at one game a piece.
National Basketball Association scoring champion Harden had 32 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who erased a 19-point first-half deficit to take a five-point lead in the third quarter. Harden.didn’t have as much fun as me.
Donovan Mitchell had everyone buzzing with a jaw-dropping play he made in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz on Wednesday. He scored 17 points, but more importantly came up with a vital defensive stop on Harden, supplied a putback dunk and set up Ingles on one of his 3s to put the game away.
Exum wasn’t healthy for any of the regular season matchups (he played just 14 games this season) between the Jazz and Rockets so this was the first example of him defending Harden this season.
Rockets’ James Harden, $17,100: Harden has been great in the playoffs, especially at home. The scary thing for Jazz fans looking for hope: Houston still managed to win that game 102-82 thanks to 27 points from Chris Paul and 21 from Gerald Green.
It’s another stunning performance from the team that seems to sneak up on the National Basketball Association every season. I had a few turnovers, had a few bad decisions, but they still believed in me to make plays. Now, the Jazz head home in an even series and home-court advantage in what has become a best-of-five.
Donovan Mitchell has been one of the breakout stars of the National Basketball Association this season.
With just under three minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, and Harden’s Rockets trailing by 10 points, the American seized the opportunity to get any information he could. Exum used his upper body to absorb contact from Harden without putting himself at risk of committing a shooting foul, the latter being something many defenders struggle with when matched up with the Rockets superstar. Speaking after the game, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon spoke out about lack of consistency, having to wake up, and their collective spirit. The Houston Rockets have a formidable, nay, better than formidable, offense. The game finished with a total of 206 points, hitting the projected point total. They may not have won a ring during their heydays, but he helped build the legacy of the Jazz as one of the proven organizations in the National Basketball Association.
“They made shots, but they were wide-open shots”.