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Chris Paul Leads Rockets to Conference Finals

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Chris Paul has never been to the conference finals in his 13-year career and he had a chance to change the narrative for himself on Tuesday Night in Game 5 for the Houston Rockets against the Utah Jazz. The Rockets trailed 78-75 entering the fourth-quarter and Chris Paul scored 20 points in the fourth-quarter for Houston and the Rockets won Game 5, 112-102. Houston won this series 4-1.

Paul finished with 41 points on 13-of-22 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded 10 assists. James Harden scored 18 points and he struggled from the field. Harden only shot 31.8 percent from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded three assists, and had two steals.

Clint Capela didn't have a strong game with just five points and five boards, but he was a factor on defense once again. Capela blocked five shots and he recorded three steals. He continues to be anchor on defense for the Houston Rockets.

P.J. Tucker stepped for Houston with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting (5-of-7 from downtown) and he also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. The Rockets scored 27 bench points. Gerald Green and Luc Mbah A Moute each scored eight points off the bench. Green was also an energizer bunny off the bench and he also grabbed five rebounds and recorded a steal.

Donovan Mitchell was the Utah Jazz's leading scorer with 24 points and he scored 22 of them in the third quarter. Mitchell shot 9-of-17 from the field and he also grabbed four rebounds and recorded nine assists. Mitchell left the game in the fourth-quarter when he collided knees with James Harden and Mitchell did not return to the game. He had to be helped off the court. Mitchell eventually returned to the team bench.

Royce O'Neale scored 17 points and he shot 60 percent from the field. O'Neale also grabbed three rebounds, recorded an assist, and had a steal. Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert each scored 12 points. Gobert was one rebound shy of a double-double, but he blocked five shots. Gobert caused fits down low.

The Utah Jazz scored 31 bench points and Alec Burks scored 22 of them. He shot 46.7 percent from the field and Burks also recorded five assists. The Utah Jazz season concludes and the Houston Rockets advance to the conference finals for the second time in four seasons. The Rockets will have home court advantage and they will either play the New Orleans Pelicans or the Golden State Warriors. Game 1 of the next series is to be announced.

This article was originally published on @gk18