The Utah Jazz are looking to mirror their performance form Game 2 to take a controlling 2–0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals when they play host the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Houston stole the Game 1 with simplicity 110–96 between seven three–pointers and 41 points from star James Harden. Jazz’s key players Donovan Mitchell and Jae Crowder each scored 21 points in the a massive defeat over the Rockets.
The Game 1 between the Rockets and Jazz Round 2 series didn’t go at latter’s, but the following matchup certainly delivered. The Jazz jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first half of the second game against the Rockets, prior to seeing it trimmed down to just nine points at halftime. And after just a few minutes remaining on the action-packed third-quarter, the Houston had equalized the score.
However, the Utah exhibited a strong will and loads of determination as they kept crusading, before pulling away in the final few minutes of the fourth-quarter. Joe Ingles dropped a NBA playoff-career high 27 points on seven threes, while Rudy Gobert chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds to steal the win from the Rockets on Game 2.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell didn’t perform well and had his 20-point record snapped at seven contest, but he did a superb job running the offense side of their play. He posted an NBA career-high of 11 assists, with four of which materializing in the game-determining fourth quarter.
It’s still uncertain should Ricky Rubio will return to the court from his hamstring injury for the third contest of the best of seven series, but Mitchell filled in the shoes and showed no mercy on the offense. Houston will come up with rearrangements in an attempt to make the Mitchell more uncomfortable, so the Utah will have to adapt make their own counter readjustments.
In Game 2, Harden chipped in 32 points, but he shot just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc as part of a 10-of-37 team effort. The team shot 40 percent from the floor overall, with a horrible 24 percent play in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets-Jazz series is now tied to 1-1 as the 2018 NBA Playoffs continues to Salt Lake City for Game 3. The James Harden-led Rockets Definitely has the talented professional basketball players to turn things in to their side, but the team will be needing to come out with much more ferocity next time out, as there’s no doubt that the Jazz will be all set to play in front of their home crowd.
Here’s the playoffs series schedule between the Rockets and Jazz, along with everything you need to know about the Game 3 including live stream info, TV channel, kick off time and more.
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz Game 3 Info:
- Date: Friday, May 4, 2017
- Game Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN, FuboTV
Rockets-Jazz Playoff Series Schedule
- Game 1 at Houston: Rockets 110, Jazz 96
- Game 2 at Houston: Jazz 116, Rockets 108
- Game 3 Rockets at Utah: Friday, May 4, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Game 4 Rockets at Utah: Sunday, May 6, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
- Game 5 Jazz at Houston: Tuesday, May 8, TBA, TNT (if necessary)
- Game 6 Rockets at Utah: Thursday, May 10, TBA, ESPN (if necessary)
- Game 7 Jazz at Houston: Monday, May 14, TBA, TNT (if necessary)