For the Houston Rockets it took a mammoth game from Chris Paul and PJ Tucker to put away the Utah Jazz. Paul managed the Houston offense while also scoring 41 points. His game seems to counter a lot of what the Jazz do on defense. The Jazz do everything they can to force mid range jump shots from opposing players, but that’s where Chris Paul is most comfortable.
And then there was PJ Tucker who was 5/7 from three. He hit huge shots and was a major reason the Jazz couldn’t pull away when they would take the lead.
But even with Chris Paul and Pj Tucker having career nights, Donovan Mitchell nearly led the Jazz to a victory. He scored 22 points in the third quarter and looked unstoppable in the fourth until he went down with an injury.
Rudy Gobert also had a big game and looked like he was beginning to impact the game like he normally does with 5 blocks. It’s a tough loss because it looked like the Jazz may have gained some ground.
Overall it’s been an incredible year for the Jazz who’ve had contributions from so many new and old faces. The sky is the limit with this Jazz team and its future.