Rockets take 2-1 lead over Jazz

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TOUGH CHALLENGE: The Pelicans never know which Golden State star might be on any given night - or all of them at once. Harden then converted a driving layup and Paul a three-point play to push the lead to 58-48 at the break. "I would have been better off just not showing up, and that's what I did - I didn't show up."Mitchell finished 4-of-16 for 10 points, but he was actually a good bit worse than that stat line indicates". "If (Rudy) Gobert's going to back, that's what I'm going to shoot".

Just in case anyone wondered about Paul's view on 3-1 leads, he offered quite the reminder to TNT's Kristen Ledlow in his postgame interview.

The Rockets led by as many as 22 in the first quarter, taking a 37-15 lead on back-to-back baskets from Harden and Gerald Green.

"That wasn't a joke [about the mid-range shots being lay-ups]", Paul said. Superstar rookie Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 25 points. There's a reason Houston is the number one seed in the West and they proved it thoroughly in Games 3 and 4 in which the Jazz were handily defeated in both bouts on their home floor.

Houston, which has been known for their offensive firepower, put forth a disruptive defensive effort. He also had nine rebounds, four steals and two assists before fouling out. "We had our chances and didn't convert". They blew the game wide open in the third behind the incredible shooting of Durant. "They're going to be grabbing us, trying to get us out of the game", said Capela. Sunday's action features two tighter series as the Warriors and Rockets look to turn their 2-1 leads into 3-1 with a shot to close out the series on their respective home courts. Utah trailed 58-48 at the half. Houston has seen the under go 4-1 in their last five conference semifinals games, 4-1 in their last five against teams with a winning record and 11-3 in their last 14 home games against teams with a losing road record.

"There's all different ways to win". "Chris has the mid-range, James gets to the hole and you got Clint down there".

"So we wanted to kind of do that same thing - and we did".

"Houston is that good".

The Jazz are optimistic that Ricky Rubio will make his return for game 5, and his offense is desperately needed.

While Utah has slowed Houston's prolific three point shooting in the last three games of the series, the fact remains that the Jazz is in a 3-1 hole.

Capela's impact in the series, however, has been obvious through the numbers. "He doesn't get a lot of credit for it".

Paul got prickly later when asked to expand on his comments and share what he learned from that series. They were focused and determined to do what they wanted to do, and we didn't provide enough resistance."It can be tempting to look at a blowout like this as a momentum-shifter that can send an entire series toward an early end".

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