Ingles had 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists while his rookie guard Donovan Mitchell had 25 points, but contributed to a poor shooting night for the Jazz. Harden, an MVP candidate, only shot 8 of 22 from the field and 1 of 7 from three. While Game 4 was "only" a 13-point win, the fashion they went about handling business during these two road games was incredible, and one wild statistic sums it up perfectly.
With a loss Tuesday, the Jazz would fall to 1-12 in the West semis in this decade. Boston and Cleveland jumped out to 3-0 series leads in the midst of it all. Almost a third of the Rockets' shots on Friday night were mid-rangers.But the Jazz? UGH.
This is Paul's fifth appearance in the conference semifinals after losing to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans, being swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers and losing 4-2 to the Thunder with that team before that 2015 debacle against the Rockets. Clint Capela ended the run with a dunk and the Rockets proceeded to outscore the Jazz 31-9 over a 10-minute stretch extending into the third quarter.
In a heated contest, Capela and Mitchell were hit with double technicals at 8:08 in the fourth, along with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.
The playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz shifts back to Houston for game 5. Whether they force a Game 6 or they find themselves playing the final game of the season, there were several discouraging aspects of Game 4 that the Jazz shouldn't want to continue and become the final note of what has truly been a stupendous 2017-18 season. Alec Burks chipped in 14 points, and Rudy Gobert added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.
"He doesn't get a lot of credit for it, he doesn't ask for a lot, he just goes out there and does his job every single night".
The Warriors began the game with more intensity than they showed in Game 3, and it was evident on both ends of the court. That and solid defence that included Green's block of Rondo's layup helped Golden State open up a 10-point lead before the game was four minutes old.
An official announcement was made by the team's official Twitter account earlier today, as Rubio has missed the entire series so far and Exum was injured last night during the third quarter of Game 4.
But somehow, the Clippers suffered one of the biggest collapses in National Basketball Association history by losing three straight games by double digits to be eliminated 4-3. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Houston. "The guy's incredible the whole time", D'Antoni said. The consolation is twofold: The one victory is meaningful, and the franchise's outlook is much more encouraging than it was after the Lakers' sweep in 2010 and the Warriors' blanking last season.
Game 5 will be on TNT at 7:00 P.M. Central Time at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.