The Utah Jazz rookie guard produced the dunk of the post-season so far, elevating over several Houston Rockets players for a tip-jam off his own miss in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
"Very lazy.nearly lackadaisical." Basketball hall-of-famer and analyst Reggie Miller saw a Houston Rockets team that just allowed the Utah Jazz to breeze to a 19-point lead in the first half of game two on Wednesday. He posted an National Basketball Association career-high of 11 assists, with four of which materializing in the game-determining fourth quarter. The Rockets went 10-37 from three-point range, while the Jazz made 15 of their 32 attempts. This has jumped to 15.8 turnovers per game in the postseason.
"That's a lot to ask Donovan, to put the ball in his hands at the point and then expect him to make those decisions, as well", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. The under is 5-1-1 in the last seven Houston games on a Friday.
Jrue Holiday helped set the tone, scoring 11 of his 21 points in the first quarter. Houston offense has been historic this year paired with a much-improved defense have made the Rockets a real title contender.
On the road, Houston is 25-17-1 ATS with 25 unders, 17 overs and 1 push.
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The Rockets have lost 18 times this season, including 10 times at home.
Utah cut Houston's lead 49-34 midway through the second quarter after O' Neale scored three straight baskets to fuel a 9-0 run. The Jazz would start off the first quarter with some hot shooting, and it would carry over into the second quarter, as they were shooting 55.8 percent overall, including 50 percent from 3-point land.
Utah, who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs, are in the midst of a Western Conference second-round series against the Houston Rockets. If the Rockets buckle down on the defensive end, they will be able to steal game 3 and take back home court. Houston built a five-point lead and had the momentum, but a three by Mitchell and driving layup by Burks tied the game with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.
Ingles led the Jazz with 27 points, while Rudy Gobert double-doubled with 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in the win.
Houston ranks fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.3) while Utah ranks 10th (4.6).
After taking just four shots in Game 1 and finishing with 11 points, Gobert got going early on Wednesday and had 13 points on five-of-seven shooting by halftime.