Jazz's Dante Exum fouls Rockets' James Harden with his face


3-point shooting - Apart from Mitchell, just about the only hope the Jazz have of taking Game 5 is if they get hot on 3-pointers.

"We just gotta come out with the same intensity that we had the last two games".

"That team (Utah Jazz) is going to be desperate".

The Houston Rockets are one game away from their first Western Conference Finals since 2015, and they have their defense - rather than their league-leading offense - to thank for that. Go with the Jazz to cover at home here. Houston leads this series 3-1. The Jazz is sputtering at the charity stripe, cashing in only 68.1 of their chances.

Exum was looking like one of Utah's best offensive weapons in the game, as he was 4-for-5 with nine points in the early going.

When Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell was asked on the postgame podium about Capela's impact, he pushed back against the idea that the 23-year-old was a "challenge", as he had been asked.

Exum didn't get back into the game until midway through the third quarter, but this time he only lasted a little over a minute before coming down wrong on his leg while running the baseline.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert's: 12.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, two blocks. He made 8-of-22 shots and Harden grabbed four rebounds and recorded three assists.

Utah cut Houston's lead 49-34 midway through the second quarter after O'Neale scored three straight baskets to fuel a 9-0 run.

Houston dominated the game from start to finish as they managed to again establish themselves as the team to beat in the West. They hit 79.2 percent at the charity stripe. And to add more injury to the insult, Dante Exum followed Ricky Rubio on the sideline with his own hamstring injury and has been ruled out of Game 5.

As security escorted C.J. Paul past the Rockets' bench toward the exit, Chris Paul objected.

Capela has enjoyed a dynamic postseason, averaging 15.4 points, 13 rebounds, and an NBA-high 2.6 blocks.

It's pretty simple now, the Jazz have to win tomorrow or the season is over. So we got a long way to go.

Ingles, in the first 20 seconds of the game, hit a three-pointer well beyond the arc. The Jazz will show their grit but Houston at home is too much to overcome.

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. The Jazz rank 25th in steals allowed per game (8.4). Can they at least cover in Game 5? Derrick Favors sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of Friday's game but played limited minutes (17) Sunday night. "The guy's incredible the whole time", D'Antoni said.

Kevin Durant had 38 points and nine rebounds as Golden State soundly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 118-92 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their NBA Western Conference semifinal series. Given the way things have gone in the last couple games, this one likely stays under the total as well.