Jazz hold off Rockets with Ingles leading the way

Jazz hold off Rockets with Ingles leading the way

The latest: This video shot by what appears to be a Utah Jazz fan who told Houston Rockets star James Harden that he was "still the worst flopper in the National Basketball Association".

"It's in our character to withstand that run. We'll take this win, but we know we've got three more". Joe Ingles had a playoff career-high with 27 points, hitting seven of nine from beyond the arc.

Harden made a basket after that before Utah scored another eight straight points, with two 3s from Ingles, to make it 108-96 with 4 1/2 minutes left.

Utah once again played without starting point guard Ricky Rubio (hamstring).

The MVP favorite still put up 32 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to lead the Rockets.

The 30-year-old shot 44 percent over the 82 games, ranking him fifth in the league in three-point field goal percentage behind Klay Thompson, Otto Porter, Reggie Bullock, and Darren Collison.

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell channeled Dave Chappelle to reference his massive putback dunk in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's playoff game against the Houston Rockets. How does a team lead by a rookie guard and a defense-first center defeat a team like the OKC Thunder? Royce O'Neale sliced down the lane for a dunk, and Mitchell forced a Houston timeout with a driving layup of his own.

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Five months ago, they found themselves sitting five games behind.500 at the end of January. Jae Crowder and Alec Burks were both sensational off the bench.

Utah certainly won't shoot at that high of a percentage for the rest of the series, though the first half of that equation wasn't exactly a fluke. As a result, the Jazz came away with the victory and stole home court advantage away for their second consecutive round.

Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn't keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as its normally potent offense went cold. The Jazz would cling to a one-point lead heading into the final frame of action.

Mitchell then realized his shot was off target. After a bucket by Harden, Ingles drilled a corner three. "Of course, we wanted to get one up there, but I think the thing that we took out of it was: Game 1, we got punched in the mouth and Game 2 we came back and responded", Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis said. They also shot 15-for-32 from 3-point range. Had they done so in Game 2, we likely would have seen a blowout in Utah's favor. Although, in the second half of the first game, Houston let off of the gas just a bit.

The Rockets rolled to a 110-96 win in Game 1, leading by 25 points at halftime.

"Coach's Quote of the Night "[Donovan] made good decisions in the pick-and-roll.

In these playoffs, the Rockets have repeatedly been too lackadaisical throughout many of their games.