Rockets Go For Jugular Against Jazz
The Houston Rockets take on the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday night in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Rockets lead the series, 3-0. The Rockets (3-0) had a much tougher time in Game 3 than they experienced in their first two games on their home court. However, when all was said and done, Houston still walked away with a 104-101 win on Saturday night to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Perhaps most impressive was the fact they did it with a particularly poor performance from James Harden, who scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and shot just 3-for-20 from the field. With another similar performance highly unlikely, the Jazz will presumably need to hit on all cylinders to have a chance of sending the series back to Houston for a Game 5. Harden's 22 points did represent a team high, and he supplemented them with 10 assists, four rebounds, six steals and one block. Chris Paul supplied 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. P.J. Tucker generated a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included three assists. Eric Gordon matched Tucker's scoring total and added five rebounds, one assist and one block. Clint Capela and Austin Rivers turned in 11 points apiece, with Capela notably also pulling down 14 rebounds. The Rockets come into Monday's game with a clean bill of health. Donovan Mitchell bounced back from two poor efforts to open the series, pacing the Jazz with 34 points. He added six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block. Derrick Favors led the second unit with 13 points and also offered four rebounds and two blocks. Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio had matching 10-point tallies. Gobert also pulled down eight rebounds and recorded seven blocks, while dished out six assists and hauled in four rebounds. The Jazz also come into Monday's game without any short-term injuries.
Posted on: 4/21/2019 9:17 PM