The Jazz are still alive thanks to an unstoppable Mitchell (31 + 7 + 4)

The escort got 19 points in a last magic room for the locals (31-12). Excellent Ricky (18 + 11). Horrible 0/13 in triples by the Rockets in the final 12 minutes.


There will be a fifth game. After the suit that meant for the Jazz the defeat of the third, for the fact of losing but above all for how it was produced, they took out all their weapons and, especially, their heart to have one more card to play in these playoffs. With a last tremendous room, in which everything they needed joined in communion. From the infernal atmosphere in the stands, following the defensive intensity, continuing the failures in the opponent's three shot, with the bench contributing just as well as the rest of the game and with a spectacular Donovan Mitchell who again demonstrates that his natural habitat are this type of matches.

The locals started much better this time, with a Jae Crowder protagonist as never (23 + 4 and 2 steals) . Only today he has scored more points than in the other three matches together. He returned to be a starter instead of Favors, in an adjustment that seems to have worked. It has resulted in a defeat and a victory, but now the series seems even in the game. The good thing about the Jazz is that this time their bench was a whirlwind, especially two players. Favors himself (12 + 11) and Royce O'Neale (11 + 11) . In addition the two were key in the fourth quarter.

After the break the thing went wrong. The Rockets woke up and the Jazz stopped shooting them. 23-32 for the visitors, who entered the last quarter above. Harden this time did plug in (30 points, 6/12 in triples) and Chris Paul sent as in his best days (23 + 8 + 7 + 5 + 2) . A very hard blow for a team that was not overrun with morale. Or so we thought. Because the way he got up in the last period was worth seeing.

Helpful yes for the insistence and the null success of his rival from the line of three. 0/13 in triples signed the Rockets in the last quarter. It did not matter who threw and from where, there did not encestaba nobody. Only Paul seemed to put a bit of sanity trying to play anything other than looking for the player released on the perimeter. But in front of him the beast had already awakened. Donovan Mitchell, who entered the last 12 minutes with 12 points, was going to put 19 in what was left of the match to finish with 31, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and the feeling that he was born to play playoff games. It can be wrong, as in the last shot of the other day, but it moves like nobody in risky situations. The last player to score more points in his first 15 postseason games was Kakeem Olajowon. Almost nothing.

A day in which Rudy Gobert (he only played 23 minutes) was less important than ever and Ricky Rubio more than any other day in the series (18 + 3 + 11) . With bad percentages, especially the 1/7 in triples, but doing many other things well and playing much smarter than the players in front of him. There will be a fifth game then. It will be in Houston, where the logic is that the Rockets do not fail. But what these last two encounters have shown us is that the forces have been balanced and now it seems that the Texans do need to sweat to win over their rival.



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