Houston pocketed its 4th victory against the Jazz (112-102) and thus validated its ticket to the Western Final against Golden State Warriors. Back home, Houston fought to defeat Utah, who took advantage several times. But Chris Paul made an exceptional match (career record in the playoffs) with 41 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 20 minutes.
Utah first led 11-7 and Houston took control of the first quarter 21-16. Jazz clings to the second (33-30) and equalizes 43-43. Chris Paul goes 8 points and gives the Rockets a lead just before break 54-46.
The Jazz returns in the third quarter with 32-21 on a run 20-7. At the start of the last quarter, Utah leads 78-75. In the last period, Chris Paul is everywhere and chained the points. O’Neale at 3 points is at 97-96, but Chris Paul is 10 points in a row 107-98, then Tucker (19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists) sends a 3 points to 35 seconds of the buzzer that gives 10 points ahead to Rockets 110-100. Sufficient to handle the last moments and qualify for the Western Conference final against the Warriors, with a first confrontation Monday, May 14.
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