Western Conference Semifinals: Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz

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James Harden scored 24 points on 8-of-22 shooting. But Paul, who matched his scoring high for this playoff run, hit a pull-up jumper and found Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer to put the Rockets back up by double digits and they never looked back. Meanwhile, the defense played well enough for the offense not to matter. The Jazz were fine, and they made an impressive comeback in the final quarter. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. Despite the loss, rookie Donovan Mitchell rebounded from a awful Game 3 performance to score 25 points and grab nine rebounds.

Jazz guard Dante Exum suffered a strained left hamstring during Sunday's Game 4 loss, an MRI revealed Monday, according to Yahoo Sports. 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.

Utah ranks second in points allowed in the paint per game (41.7) while Houston ranks 27th (48.1). His focus is entirely on Game 5 on Tuesday. The Jazz will now have to try and defeat the Rockets for a second time in Houston if they want to stay alive.

The top-ranked Rockets and reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors appear to be on a crash course in the Western Conference finals. "We knew they were going to play a lot better than they did Game 3, and we just tried to sustain it all game".

The Warriors began the game with more intensity than they showed in Game 3, and it was evident on both ends of the court. On the flipside, though, the Rockets themselves haven't been shooting the lights out, and could very well get hot just in time to close the Jazz out. Chris Paul is a win away from finally reaching the Western Conference finals in his 10th season in the playoffs.

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CP3, however, is not prepared to look that far ahead as he's still haunted by opportunities that have been squandered in the past, particularly with the Los Angeles Clippers.

While Ricky Rubio was only listed as "questionable" a day prior to tip-off, preliminary tests before the game gave him a red light and he was ruled out of the Jazz rotation on the night.

With the Rockets up three games to one on the Jazz, another win means a trip to the Western Conference Finals, where they'd likely face the defending champion Warriors. If there's anyone besides Mitchell who's capable of putting together a huge fantasy night, it's Jingles. Over the last two games, he has recorded an insane ten blocks and four steals.

Houston's other All-Star guard Chris Paul had 27 points and centre Clint Capela was the dominant big man, with 12 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and altering 20 of the Jazz's shots. Jazz fans went from a fan base angry at being spurned by their biggest star (Hayward) into a fan base madly in love with their newest star (Mitchell).

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