Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets move to brink of conference finals

Posted May 15, 2018

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. It's been a long road for one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game, but with one more victory, he'll finally have accomplished a career goal, and find himself only four wins away from his first NBA Finals.

SALT LAKE CITY - Houston Rockets star Chris Paul's older brother, C.J., described his near ejection during Sunday's Game 4 as a case of possible mistaken identity by a familiar face.

Whether the series ends in Houston or not Tuesday night, Game 5 should prove to be entertaining.

In the lone Jazz victory, Utah played as solid a defensive game as a team can play on Houston.

What remains for Utah is an uphill battle against a defense ranked second in efficiency this postseason.

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"The ref was insane", C.J. Paul told ESPN as he walked out of Vivint Smart Home Arena with his brother, parents and others.

The Rockets took a 3-1 series edge on the Jazz Sunday night.

"We've got to win one game at Oracle and that's the one that we play next", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. The Jazz is sputtering at the charity stripe, cashing in only 68.1 of their chances. It didn't help that they struggled with their offensive efficiency in their Game 4 matchup as well. The Rockets would counter layups by the Jazz with 3-pointers, and their lead continued to increase. "Give them credit. They know how to control a game", Snyder said.

Joe Ingles scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting and he also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded four assists. Harden, an MVP candidate, only shot 8 of 22 from the field and 1 of 7 from three. With both teams now up 3-1 in their respective semi-conference series, that outcome reasonably seems assured.

Over the span of two games, or 96 minutes, the Rockets trailed the Jazz for exactly 40 seconds. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting.

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The Warriors led wire to wire in Game 4 following its 19-point embarrassment in Game 3. They hit 79.2 percent at the charity stripe.

Capela was a force in Game 4, recording six blocks, 12 points, 15 rebounds and finishing with a plus-3 rating.

Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs.

For the second time in their playoff series with Utah, the Rockets raced to a lopsided win after dismantling the Jazz on both ends of the court before halftime. The Jazz will show their grit but Houston at home is too much to overcome. But that it happened at the hands of the Rockets, many of whom still play for the team, could be what prevents something like that from befalling Paul's team again. If there's anyone besides Mitchell who's capable of putting together a huge fantasy night, it's Jingles. Favors is dealing with an ankle sprain he suffered in Game 3 so it remains to be seen how much he can do. "The guy's incredible the whole time", D'Antoni said.

In their last five games, Utah is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push.

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