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[FINAL] Utah Jazz beat the odds and the Houston Rockets

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Utah’s role players come up big on the road.

NBA: Playoffs-Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

This is the new version of the Game Thread. This is the Live Thread. You’re still able to overreact in the comments, claim that Tim Duncan was a center, and that Karl Malone was the best Power Forward of all-time; only now you can get live game updates from pregame to Postgame with everything in between.


4th quarter

Utah Jazz 116 - Houston Rockets 108

Who can even believe this? This doesn’t happen to the Utah Jazz. Or maybe it does. This is Houston, after all. This is the playoffs. And for the past 20 years, the Utah Jazz made it a postseason tradition to knock the Houston Rockets out of the playoffs. Not saying Utah is going to knock Houston out, but Utah was one of the best teams in the league since January. Once Rudy Gobert returned Utah was a different team.

Well, here we are game two and the Utah Jazz exerted their will on the Rockets without a big game from Donovan Mitchell and without their starting point guard Ricky Rubio. Wow. Head to the recap for more updates.

3rd quarter

Utah Jazz 86 - Houston Rockets 85

So I didn’t post any live updates that quarter. Sue me. Actually don’t. I make no money. The Utah Jazz survived a big Houston Rockets run and lost their first quarter since quarter 2 of game 1. Donovan Mitchell was able to stay out of foul trouble while the Jazz continued to get big production out of Alec Burks and Dante Exum. The Dante Exum-Derrick Favors pairing was feasting on the Houston Rockets to keep Utah in this game and give them the lead.

James Harden picked up his fourth foul courtesy of one Dante Exum. Exum has been a defensive nightmare for him. It’s amazing. Can Utah pull off the miracle?


2nd quarter

Utah Jazz 64 - Houston Rockets 55

The good: The Utah Jazz are ahead by 9 points on the road despite Donovan Mitchell having to sit the final 5 minutes of the second quarter with 3 fouls. They’re ahead despite Donovan Mitchell only having 7 points. Mitchell also has 7 assists. Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert are playing amazingly. Joe Ingles has 14 points. Gobert has 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alec Burks is having the game of his life on the stage of his life. He has 11 points while shooting 5 of 5 from the fields with 5 assists.

The bad: James Harden has 11 free throws. ELEVEN. James Harden had been frustrated by the Utah Jazz defense before that point then the fouls started racking up. Crowder ended up in foul trouble. Ingles has two fouls. Mitchell has three fouls. Chris Paul only has 6 fouls. Will that continue in the second half?

6:57pm. So evidently Playoff Burks is a thing. Somebody pinch me. Alec Burks is going off and Donovan Mitchell has 7 assists. It’s not even halftime yet.


1st quarter

Utah Jazz 36 - Houston Rockets 28

Well ... that’s how you bounce back from a Game 1 loss. The Utah Jazz had an offensive explosion with their rookie shooting guard becoming an All Star point guard overnight. Donovan Mitchell finished the quarter with 4 points and 5 assists. Houston’s stop Mitchell at all costs defense was exploited while Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder feasted. Utah’s defense stepped it up with Dante Exum becoming a Harden whisperer and frustrating the probable MVP.

Houston seems to be getting frustrated offensively. They haven’t been given the greatest looks, but they’re still hitting. Utah is going to have to clamp down on defense even more as they won’t always score like that.

Pregame

6:04pm.

6:01pm.

5:55pm. If you haven’t got the news, Igor Kokoskov is now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns. According to Kyle Goon and Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Igor will finish out his coaching until the Utah Jazz are eliminated from the NBA playoffs. So basically after the Utah Jazz have their championship parade in June.


Game Info

When: 6:00MT • Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

Where: Toyota Center · Houston, Texas

TV: TNT, TNTOT, AT&T Sports Net - Rocky Mountain

Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone,

Injuries:

Utah Jazz:

Thabo Sefolosha - Knee - Out for season

Ricky Rubio - Hamstring - Out for 10 days

Houston Rockets:

Nobody. Must be nice.


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