Mitchell had an off shooting night, going 6-of-21 for 17 points, but he dished out a career-best 11 assists, the most in franchise history by a rookie in the playoffs, breaking John Stockton's record.
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"That to me was maybe the most important thing in the game", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of his team's resilience. So I said: "'Why come down with it?"
Joe Ingles and Dante Exum have exploded with the best games of their NBA careers to fire the Utah Jazz to victory over the Houston Rockets in game two of their NBA Western Conference semifinal series. He was mostly quiet after the break, and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
But they didn't make those shots on Wednesday night.
"Yeah, we flipped it", D'Antoni said. The Rockets looked confused in the second half, with Harden struggling in the fourth quarter and Houston's drive-and-kick action stymied. To keep it short, they not only made the point that they could compete, but they also showed that they have the talent to beat the Rockets. The tip dunk was the highlight of the game, and even had a great quote to go with it ("I just happened to be up there", Mitchell said, "so I figured why come down with it?"), but the entire series of plays showcased what makes Mitchell so special.
A 27-point scoring barrage by Joe Ingles and key plays by fellow Australian Dante Exum have fired the Utah Jazz to a 116-108 victory over the Houston Rockets in game two of their National Basketball Association playoffs western conference semi-final series.
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Despite a surge in the second and third quarters, the Rockets, who had the best regular-season record in the National Basketball Association, couldn't get back into the game.
Jazz small forward Joe Ingles, a frequent playful critic of his rookie teammate, joked that Mitchell made a poor decision by attempting his highlight dunk. Overall, he went 7-9 from three and scored 27 points. The Jazz went back up 86-85 by the end of the period.
"They were just too comfortable", Paul said. "It's just a question of how far and how quickly, and I thought they cut that gap and not only made it a game, but basically took control of the game". Young Dante Exum put the exclamation mark on Utah's win with a monstrous fourth quarter dunk that sucked what little air was left completely out of the Toyota Centre.
But they could hold on only so long, because eventually Harden was coming back into the game.
"They came out with some thrust in that first half", Harden said. "They came in here and got a win". We flipped it and then they flipped it back on us.
After trailing by 25 points at halftime of the 110-96 loss in the series opener, the Jazz jumped out to an early lead in this one and led by as many as 19 in the first half.