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Ingles' career night leads Jazz over Rockets 116-108

HOUSTON (AP) Utah had a four-point lead in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night when Donovan Mitchell missed a jumper and sailed above three Houston Rockets to grab the rebound and finish with a nifty one-handed slam.

He did it right near the Jazz bench and his teammates went wild, cheering and pretending to fall backward on each other in awe.

Joe Ingles led the Jazz with a career-high 27 points, but it was the star rookie who provided the highlight of the night as the Jazz evened the Western Conference semifinals 1-1 with a 116-108 win.

Ingles made a career-best seven 3-pointers and Mitchell added 17 points and a franchise rookie-record 11 assists for his first game this postseason where he scored fewer than 20 points and didn't lead the team in scoring.

But he certainly provided an emotional boost to his team with his highlight-reel worthy play. He smiled broadly when it was brought up postgame, and said he was just trying to get the rebound on his miss when he made a split-second decision.

''I just happened to be up there,'' he said. ''So I said: `Why come down with it?'''

The Jazz squandered a huge early lead before using a big fourth quarter to regain control and head home for Game 3 on Friday in Utah with a chance to take a series lead over the top-seeded Rockets.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said Mitchell was the key to the win even though he didn't lead the team in scoring.

''He was breaking us down,'' D'Antoni said. ''He was getting in there and was finding guys in the corner. He's a handful whether he's finishing or not.''

The Jazz were behind by two with eight minutes left before using a 16-2 run to pull away.

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.

''Last game, we came out completely opposite. Tonight, they kind of caught us off-guard,'' Houston's James Harden said. ''We adjusted to it in that second quarter, but we can't get down 19 no matter who we're playing.''

Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn't keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as their normally potent offense went cold.

Harden had 32 points and 11 assists, and Chris Paul added 23 points as Houston fell to the Jazz for the first time this season after winning the first five meetings.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder was pleased at his team's balanced scoring effort on a night six players finished in double figures, and he raved about the contribution of Ingles.

''Every time Joe has needed to step up his game, he has been able to,'' Snyder said. ''He's committed to that. He knew tonight he would need to make some shots and he was able to do it.''

Houston was down by one entering the fourth but Utah scored eight straight points on 3-pointers from Dante Exum and Jae Crowder before Mitchell's dunk made it 100-94.

Harden made a basket after that before Utah scored another eight straight points, with two 3s from Ingles, to make it 108-96 with 4 1/2 minutes left.

Harden ended a 2 1/2-minute Houston scoring drought with a 3-pointer about a minute later that was the start of a 9-3 run that got the Rockets within 111-105 with 1:46 left. But Rudy Gobert made one of two free throws before Exum put it out of reach with a dunk.

Utah led by nine before Houston used a 16-5 run to go up 71-69 for its first lead since it was 6-5 with about seven minutes left in the third. The Jazz went back up 86-85 by the end of the period.

After taking just four shots in Game 1 and finishing with 11 points, Gobert got going early Wednesday and had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting by halftime. But he was mostly quiet after the break, and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Snyder said before the game that he didn't know when point guard Ricky Rubio would return. ... Utah assistant Igor Kokoskov was hired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. ... Ingles got a technical in the second quarter for arguing with Paul.

Rockets: Luc Mbah a Moute had four points and four rebounds in his second game back after missing the first series after dislocating his right shoulder on April 10. ... Paul also received a technical for barking at Ingles. ... Clint Capela finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

THEY SAID IT

The notoriously low-key Harden when told by a reporter that he looked irritated by Utah's defense on Wednesday: ''I look like that all the time. That's just my facial expression.''

UP NEXT

The series moves to Utah where Game 3 is Friday and Game 4 will be played on Sunday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39 +2 Derrick Favors made dunk, assist by Donovan Mitchell 2-0
11:24 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 2-2
11:13 +2 Rudy Gobert made alley-oop shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 4-2
10:59 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 4-4
10:49   Offensive foul on Joe Ingles  
10:49   Offensive foul on Joe Ingles  
10:32   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:29   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
10:10   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
10:10   Team rebound  
10:10   Royce O'Neale missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:10 +1 Royce O'Neale made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-4
10:03   Personal foul on Royce O'Neale  
9:56 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 5-6
9:44 +2 Joe Ingles made driving layup, assist by Donovan Mitchell 7-6
9:35   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
9:30   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:30   Clint Capela missed dunk  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
9:24 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Royce O'Neale 10-6
9:09 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 10-8
8:53 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 13-8
8:35 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 13-11
8:22   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:19   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
8:14   Shooting foul on Donovan Mitchell  
8:14 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 13-12
8:14 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-13
8:04   Derrick Favors missed floating jump shot  
8:02   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
8:00   Rudy Gobert missed hook shot, blocked by Clint Capela  
7:59   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
7:53   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:49   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
7:40 +2 Royce O'Neale made driving dunk, assist by Donovan Mitchell 15-13
7:23   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
7:12   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell, stolen by Clint Capela  
7:04   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Donovan Mitchell  
6:51 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot 18-13
6:34   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
6:23 +2 Donovan Mitchell made driving layup 20-13
6:00 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 20-15
5:41   Dante Exum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:38   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:25   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
5:23   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
5:22 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 20-17
5:09 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk, assist by Jae Crowder 22-17
5:09   Shooting foul on Clint Capela  
5:09   Rudy Gobert missed free throw  
5:07   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
4:59   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
4:47   Out of bounds turnover on Rudy Gobert  
4:28   Personal foul on Dante Exum  
4:20   P.J. Tucker missed fade-away jump shot  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
4:12   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:10   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
3:59   James Harden missed jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Dante Exum  
3:49   Bad pass turnover on Joe Ingles, stolen by Eric Gordon  
3:43   Eric Gordon missed layup  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
3:37   Dante Exum missed layup  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Nene  
3:29 +2 Luc Mbah a Moute made layup, assist by P.J. Tucker 22-19
3:29   Shooting foul on Jae Crowder  
3:29   Luc Mbah a Moute missed free throw  
3:29   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
3:14   Donovan Mitchell missed jump shot, blocked by Luc Mbah a Moute  
3:14   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
3:14   Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell  
3:14 +1 Luc Mbah a Moute made 1st of 2 free throws 22-20
3:14 +1 Luc Mbah a Moute made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-21
2:58 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alec Burks 25-21
2:52   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Alec Burks  
2:48 +2 Alec Burks made driving layup 27-21
2:22   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
2:18   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
2:01   Jae Crowder missed fade-away jump shot  
2:00   Offensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
1:59 +2 Derrick Favors made dunk 29-21
1:43   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:41   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
1:34   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
1:34 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 30-21
1:34 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-21
1:23 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luc Mbah a Moute 31-24
0:58 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alec Burks 34-24
0:58   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
0:58   Jae Crowder missed free throw  
0:58   Defensive rebound by Ryan Anderson  
0:46 +2 Chris Paul made driving layup 34-26
0:33   Bad pass turnover on Alec Burks, stolen by Gerald Green  
0:25 +2 Chris Paul made finger-roll layup 34-28
0:06 +2 Alec Burks made driving layup 36-28
0:00   Ryan Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Luc Mbah a Moute missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
11:24 +2 Alec Burks made jump shot, assist by Derrick Favors 38-28
11:24   Shooting foul on Ryan Anderson  
11:24 +1 Alec Burks made free throw 39-28
11:14 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 39-31
10:54   Raul Neto missed driving layup, blocked by Eric Gordon  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
10:39   Luc Mbah a Moute missed driving layup, blocked by Derrick Favors  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
10:33   Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
10:20   Bad pass turnover on Luc Mbah a Moute, stolen by Derrick Favors  
10:13 +3 Royce O'Neale made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alec Burks 42-31
9:55   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Raul Neto  
9:44 +2 Derrick Favors made alley-oop shot, assist by Raul Neto 44-31
9:34 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup 44-33
9:26 +2 Alec Burks made reverse layup 46-33
9:20   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
9:13   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
9:13 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 47-33
9:13   Jae Crowder missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:13   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:01 +2 James Harden made driving layup 47-35
8:41   Royce O'Neale missed driving layup  
8:40   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
8:35 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 47-37
8:20 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk, assist by Donovan Mitchell 49-37
8:20 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk, assist by Donovan Mitchell 51-37
7:58   James Harden missed finger-roll layup  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
7:50 +2 Alec Burks made layup, assist by Donovan Mitchell 53-37
7:43   Personal foul on Alec Burks  
7:34   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:30   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
7:21 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk, assist by Joe Ingles 55-37
7:09   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
7:09   Team rebound  
6:59   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
6:49 +3 Donovan Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot 58-37
6:30   Eric Gordon missed floating jump shot  
6:26   Offensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
6:26   Eric Gordon missed dunk  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
6:15   Dante Exum missed hook shot  
6:15   Offensive rebound by Dante Exum  
6:15   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
6:10   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
5:56   Shooting foul on Jae Crowder  
5:56 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 58-38
5:56 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-39
5:42   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:40   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
5:34   Personal foul on Dante Exum  
5:22   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:19   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
5:00   Jae Crowder missed driving layup  
4:58   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
4:48   Eric Gordon missed reverse layup  
4:47   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:45 +2 Clint Capela made hook shot 58-41
4:28   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:25   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
4:17   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
4:15   Personal foul on James Harden  
4:09   Bad pass turnover on Joe Ingles, stolen by Chris Paul  
4:09   Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell  
3:46   Clint Capela missed alley-oop shot  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
3:46   Personal foul on James Harden  
3:46 +1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 59-41
3:46 +1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-41
3:29   Shooting foul on Raul Neto  
3:29   James Harden missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:29   Team rebound  
3:29 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-42
3:12 +2 Rudy Gobert made alley-oop shot, assist by Alec Burks 62-42
2:57   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
2:54   Defensive rebound by Alec Burks  
2:40   Out of bounds turnover on Royce O'Neale  
2:33   Shooting foul on Alec Burks  
2:33   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:33   Team rebound  
2:33 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-43
2:10   Rudy Gobert missed hook shot  
2:09   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
2:01 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 62-46
1:50   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
1:50 +1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 63-46
1:50   Rudy Gobert missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:48   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
1:41   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
1:41   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
1:27 +2 James Harden made driving layup 63-48
1:09 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alec Burks 66-48
0:56   Shooting foul on Jae Crowder  
0:56 +1 James Harden made 1st of 3 free throws 66-49
0:56 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 66-50
0:56 +1 James Harden made 3rd of 3 free throws 66-51
0:43   Joe Ingles missed driving layup  
0:41   Defensive rebound by Ryan Anderson  
0:41   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
0:41 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 66-52
0:41 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 66-53
0:31   Lost ball turnover on Alec Burks, stolen by James Harden  
0:26 +2 James Harden made layup 66-55
0:04   Raul Neto missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:41 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 66-57
11:25 +2 Joe Ingles made jump shot 68-57
11:05 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 68-60
10:47   Donovan Mitchell missed floating jump shot  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:34 +2 Clint Capela made reverse layup, assist by James Harden 68-62
10:25   Donovan Mitchell missed driving layup, blocked by P.J. Tucker  
10:24   Team rebound  
10:16 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot 71-62
9:54 +2 James Harden made driving layup 71-64
9:30   Bad pass turnover on Royce O'Neale, stolen by Chris Paul  
9:24 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 71-67
9:02   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell, stolen by Trevor Ariza  
8:51 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 71-69
8:35   Out of bounds turnover on Rudy Gobert  
8:10   Chris Paul missed floating jump shot  
8:06   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
7:57   Derrick Favors missed driving layup  
7:57   Team rebound  
7:46   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
7:36   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:32   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:28   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
7:09   Double dribble turnover on Jae Crowder  
6:58   Eric Gordon missed floating jump shot, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
6:56   Offensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
6:55 +2 Trevor Ariza made floating jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 71-71
6:36 +2 Jae Crowder made driving layup, assist by Joe Ingles 73-71
6:20 +2 Eric Gordon made hook shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 73-73
6:11   Alec Burks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:08   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
6:03   Personal foul on Rudy Gobert  
5:56   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
5:42   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:40