This Donovan Mitchell dunk melted every face in Houston

Tanya Simon
May 3, 2018

Ingles bombed the Rockets out of the game, to set a post-season points record for an Australian.

The third quarter and early in the final period became a dogfight but the game turned in the final six minutes when Exum dropped a three-pointer and then Ingles hit two consecutive long bombs.

The Jazz, seeded fourth in the West, will try to grab the series lead when they host Game Three on Friday in Salt Lake City.

"Last game, we came out completely opposite".

"There's no answer. He's seen it all", D'Antoni said.

"Give them credit", Harden said.

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Several Afghan security force members were killed and wounded as well. One other service member sustained injuries during the operation.

Rookie star Mitchell's 17 points included an one-handed dunk of the rebound of his own missed shot - an emphatic jam that keyed Utah's 16-2 fourth-quarter scoring run.

Prior to the series, numerous experts predicted a textbook, wholesale sweep for the Rockets, with few predicting the Jazz could take even a single game off the talented Houston side. But he was mostly quiet after the break, and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. But another game like Game 2 - of lackadaisical defense, of comparatively low energy, of poor shooting - and that panic meter starts inching skyward. "I think Dante has some size and some length and we've had confidence in Dante taking hard matchups". He didn't play all that well, at least in the traditional box score sense - 17 points on 6-of-21 shooting - but he made plays, and taking over the primary play-making role again, he dished out a career-high 11 assists to even the series with a 116-108 win. The rest as well as the time to make coaching adjustments against the Rockets propelled the Jazz to victory.

"They made adjustments. I said yesterday, I know this coach (Quinn Snyder) is always going to make adjustments".

Lord knows what we as a country did to deserve Joe Ingles, but thank fuck we did it.

The difference-maker in the game might have come right off the bat, when the Jazz outscored the Rockets in the first quarter, 36-28. "We adjusted to it in that second quarter, but we can't get down 19 no matter who we're playing".

"I've watched it twice already", Mitchell said of Bryant's Granity Studios-produced segment that airs on ESPN and ESPN+. "We made a lot of key mistakes and they made some key baskets".

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