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Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell turned a rough start into a fantastic finish.

Mitchell dominated in the fourth quarter, rallying the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night.

Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the final quarter to help the Jazz pull away for their first win in the series.

Utah staved off elimination and forced a Game 5 on Wednesday.

Mitchell's late-game performance helped the second-year guard make up for struggles earlier. He turned the ball over twice in the first two minutes and shot just 36 percent from the field in the first three quarters before going 6 of 12 in the fourth.

Mitchell never lost confidence that he could turn it around.

''My teammates have had my back with every mistake, everything I've done well,'' Mitchell said. ''When you have that support system in the locker room every day, it makes it easier when you start the game with two straight turnovers.''

Jae Crowder scored 23 points. Ricky Rubio chipped in 18 points and 11 assists and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

James Harden scored 30 points to lead Houston. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon chipped in 16 points.

Utah's offense got a major boost from Crowder and Rubio in the first quarter. The duo combined for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the period to help the Jazz carve out a double-digit lead.

Then the Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 run and outscored the Rockets 31-12 during the period.

''Of course, we wanted to end it tonight,'' Harden said. ''We had plenty of opportunities. They made some plays in that fourth quarter and we didn't.''

Mitchell scored 13 points in three minutes to fuel the run after totaling just 12 points in the first three quarters. He capped off the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Jazz a 91-80 lead with 9:02 remaining.

Mitchell provided his biggest highlight later in the quarter when he threw down an incredible alley-oop dunk after catching an errant pass from Royce O'Neale.

''We've had our backs against the wall plenty of times the past two years we've been together as a team,'' Mitchell said. ''This is familiar ground with us. Everybody responded the way we expect them to, but the biggest thing for us is take what we did today and multiply it.''

Crowder got things going by scoring five of Utah's first six baskets. Rubio built on the momentum by fueling a 14-1 run with four baskets and a pair of free throws. It helped the Jazz build a 30-16 lead with 3:03 left in the quarter.

''Both of them attacked,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''Jae got downhill and attacked the rim. Ricky did the same thing.''

Houston had three straight turnovers to open the door for Utah to seize a double-digit lead. The Jazz scored 10 points off six Rockets turnovers in the quarter.

''We did things that are uncharacteristic of a team that wants to win,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

An 8-0 run, capped by Austin Rivers' dunk off a steal by Paul, helped Houston trim the deficit to 30-24 before quarter's end.

The Rockets continued to cut into the lead during the second quarter, but could not overtake Utah until the third. Houston opened the quarter on a 10-2 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Gordon. Harden capped it off with three free throws to give the Rockets a 57-55 lead.

Houston led for much of the third quarter after going 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the quarter. The Rockets never built more than a five-point advantage, however, before Mitchell's fourth quarter performance.

''I felt like they'd thrown their haymaker, trying to knock us out,'' Crowder said. ''We stood tall and took those punches and came out ready to play in the fourth quarter. ''

LIMITED STRENGTH

Clint Capela had a limited impact after battling a virus. Capela finished with just four points on 1-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and zero blocks.

''He didn't have the force he usually does,'' D'Antoni said.

It opened the door for the Jazz to dominate around the basket. Utah finished with a 52-35 edge on rebounds and outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint. The Jazz almost doubled up the Rockets on the offensive glass with a 16-9 advantage.

''It's just draining when you play great defense and give up offensive rebounds,'' Harden said.

FINISHING STRONG

Snyder inserted Favors in the lineup in place of Rudy Gobert for the final 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. The move paid off.

Favors totaled six points and six rebounds in 10 minutes in the quarter. All but one rebound came during the final three minutes to prevent Houston from making a late rally, like in Game 3.

Gobert totaled four points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in 24 minutes. He admitted to being surprised by the decision, but took it in stride.

When he's on the floor and I'm on the bench, of course I want to be out there, but if he has a great game and the team is winning - that's the most important thing,'' Gobert said. ''That's all that matters.''

TIP INS

Rockets: Harden and Gordon each shot 50 percent from 3-point range. ... Houston committed 16 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Jazz. ... The Rockets finished with just five bench points.

Jazz: After starting 4-of-6 from 3-point range, Utah missed 13 of its next 14 shots from long distance. ... Royce O'Neale grabbed a playoff career high 11 rebounds. O'Neale also finished with 11 points. The Jazz outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint and 17-3 in second chance points.

UP NEXT

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
11:24 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 3-0
11:11 +2 Jae Crowder made driving layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 3-2
10:49   Personal foul on Jae Crowder  
10:41   Offensive foul on James Harden  
10:41   Turnover on James Harden  
10:27   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:01   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell, stolen by James Harden  
9:55   James Harden missed layup  
9:55   HOU team rebound  
9:50   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
9:47   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
9:33   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:31   UTA team rebound  
9:26   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
9:24 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rudy Gobert 5-5
9:10   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
9:10   Shooting foul on Donovan Mitchell  
9:10   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:10   HOU team rebound  
9:10 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-5
8:55 +2 Jae Crowder made driving layup, assist by Joe Ingles 6-7
8:42   Clint Capela missed layup, blocked by Ricky Rubio  
8:42   HOU team rebound  
8:40   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
8:38   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Jae Crowder  
8:35 +2 Jae Crowder made dunk 6-9
8:21   Out of bounds turnover on Chris Paul  
8:09   Donovan Mitchell missed floating jump shot  
8:07   Offensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
8:07 +2 Donovan Mitchell made dunk 6-11
7:56 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 9-11
7:39 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rudy Gobert 9-14
7:24 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 12-14
7:07 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 12-17
6:46 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 15-17
6:34 +3 Ricky Rubio made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Ingles 15-20
6:19   Shooting foul on Donovan Mitchell  
6:19   Eric Gordon missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:19 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-20
6:07   Ricky Rubio missed jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
5:59   Traveling violation turnover on Eric Gordon  
5:48 +2 Ricky Rubio made reverse layup, assist by Joe Ingles 16-22
5:30   James Harden missed floating jump shot, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
5:28   Offensive rebound by Danuel House Jr.  
5:21   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:11   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
5:11 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 16-23
5:11 +1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-24
4:54   Out of bounds turnover on Clint Capela  
4:43 +2 Ricky Rubio made finger-roll layup 16-26
4:30   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:28   UTA team rebound  
4:28   Personal foul on Kenneth Faried  
4:07   Ricky Rubio missed driving layup  
4:05   HOU team rebound  
3:54   Austin Rivers missed floating jump shot  
3:51   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
3:39 +2 Ricky Rubio made finger-roll layup, assist by Jae Crowder 16-28
3:26   Gerald Green missed jump shot  
3:23   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
3:03   Shooting foul on Danuel House Jr.  
3:03 +1 Ricky Rubio made 1st of 2 free throws 16-29
3:03 +1 Ricky Rubio made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-30
2:50 +2 James Harden made driving layup 18-30
2:37   Georges Niang missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Gerald Green  
2:35   UTA team rebound  
2:32   Derrick Favors missed layup, blocked by Chris Paul  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Austin Rivers  
2:28   Austin Rivers missed layup, blocked by Georges Niang  
2:24   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
2:14   Georges Niang missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:12   HOU team rebound  
1:52   Personal foul on Derrick Favors  
1:52 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 19-30
1:52 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-30
1:36   Defensive rebound by Kenneth Faried  
1:32   Personal foul on Kyle Korver  
1:32 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 21-30
1:32 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-30
1:23   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
1:08   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:06   Defensive rebound by Danuel House Jr.  
0:47   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
0:39   Bad pass turnover on Joe Ingles, stolen by Chris Paul  
0:36 +2 Austin Rivers made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 24-30
0:15   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
0:15 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 24-31
0:15 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-32
0:00   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
11:33   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
11:33 +1 Derrick Favors made 1st of 2 free throws 24-33
11:33   Derrick Favors missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
11:07 +2 Derrick Favors made layup, assist by Donovan Mitchell 24-35
11:07   Shooting foul on Chris Paul  
11:07 +1 Derrick Favors made free throw 24-36
10:52   Eric Gordon missed driving layup  
10:49   UTA team rebound  
10:33   Turnover on Austin Rivers  
10:33   Personal foul on Austin Rivers  
10:18   Joe Ingles missed jump shot  
10:02   Clint Capela missed layup, blocked by Royce O'Neale  
10:01   Offensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:55 +2 Chris Paul made layup 26-36
9:35   Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
9:14   Thabo Sefolosha missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:09   Derrick Favors missed layup, blocked by Chris Paul  
9:08   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:03 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 29-36
8:45   Backcourt turnover on Ricky Rubio  
8:39   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:33   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:29   James Harden missed driving dunk  
8:29   Offensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:21   Chris Paul missed reverse layup  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
8:13   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
8:13 +1 Derrick Favors made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-38
7:36   Royce O'Neale missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:36   UTA team rebound  
7:36 +1 Royce O'Neale made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-39
7:19   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
7:11 +2 Ricky Rubio made reverse layup 32-41
6:58   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Rudy Gobert  
6:54   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:52   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:49   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
6:37   Bad pass turnover on Royce O'Neale, stolen by James Harden  
6:18 +2 P.J. Tucker made reverse layup, assist by James Harden 34-41
6:07   Donovan Mitchell missed jump shot  
6:05   HOU team rebound  
5:51   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:50   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
5:33   Royce O'Neale missed driving layup  
5:33   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
5:12 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 37-43
4:44 +2 Donovan Mitchell made floating jump shot 37-45
4:18   Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
4:06   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:01   Lost ball turnover on James Harden, stolen by Jae Crowder  
4:00 +2 Jae Crowder made driving layup 37-47
4:00   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
4:00   Jae Crowder missed free throw  
3:50   Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:47   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
3:32 +2 Rudy Gobert made layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 37-49
3:11 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 40-49
2:33   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
2:11   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:58 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 43-49
1:34   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:30   Defensive rebound by Danuel House Jr.  
1:23   Shooting foul on Rudy Gobert  
1:23 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 44-49
1:23 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-49
1:16   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
1:16 +1 Ricky Rubio made 1st of 2 free throws 45-50
1:16 +1 Ricky Rubio made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-51
1:02 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 47-51
0:50   Shooting foul on Danuel House Jr.  
0:50   Shooting foul on Danuel House Jr.  
0:50 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 47-52
0:50 +1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-53
0:32   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:29   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
0:28   Clint Capela missed dunk  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
0:08   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   Defensive rebound by Danuel House Jr.  
0:00   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   HOU team rebound  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 50-53
11:28   Ricky Rubio missed layup  
11:27   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
11:23   Rudy Gobert missed dunk  
11:22   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
11:07   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
11:00 +2 Donovan Mitchell made layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 50-55
10:45   James Harden missed reverse layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
10:39   Personal foul on Chris Paul  
10:30   Bad pass turnover on Ricky Rubio, stolen by Chris Paul  
10:23 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 53-55
10:03   Donovan Mitchell missed driving layup  
9:51   Shooting foul on Rudy Gobert  
9:51 +1 Clint Capela made 1st of 2 free throws 54-55
9:51   Clint Capela missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
9:38   Donovan Mitchell missed floating jump shot  
9:35   Offensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
9:31   Personal foul on Rudy Gobert  
9:20   Chris Paul missed fade-away jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:06   Personal foul on Ricky Rubio  
8:58   Shooting foul on Ricky Rubio  
8:58 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 3 free throws 56-55
8:58 +1 James Harden made 3rd of 3 free throws 57-55
8:49   Personal foul on James Harden  
8:41 +3 Royce O'Neale made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 57-58
8:23 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 60-58
7:52   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:50   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
7:39   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
7:37   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:08   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell, stolen by Chris Paul  
7:05 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 63-60
6:47   Donovan Mitchell missed driving layup, blocked by Eric Gordon  
6:47   UTA team rebound  
6:47   Offensive foul on Rudy Gobert  
6:25   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
6:10   Donovan Mitchell missed floating jump shot  
6:09   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:56   Bad pass turnover on Chris Paul, stolen by Joe Ingles  
5:52   Offensive foul on Royce O'Neale  
5:52   Turnover on Royce O'Neale  
5:35   Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:32   Jumpball  
5:32   HOU team rebound  
5:03   Offensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
4:54 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 63-63
4:13   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:10   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
4:04   Shooting foul on Joe Ingles  
4:04   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:04   HOU team rebound  
4:04   Clint Capela missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:04   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
3:48 +2 Donovan Mitchell made driving layup 66-65
3:29 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 69-65
3:13 +2 Donovan Mitchell made driving layup 69-67
2:52 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 72-67
2:17   Full timeout called  
2:05   Defensive rebound by Thabo Sefolosha  
1:53 +3 Georges Niang made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derrick Favors 72-73
1:32 +3 Austin Rivers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 75-73
1:19   Shooting foul on Austin Rivers  
1:19   Ricky Rubio missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:19 +1 Ricky Rubio made 2nd of 2 free throws 75-74
1:07   Shooting foul on Derrick Favors  
1:07 +1 P.J. Tucker made 2nd of 2 free throws 77-74
0:50   Georges Niang missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:32   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
0:17 +2 Thabo Sefolosha made layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 77-76
0:00 +2 Chris Paul made finger-roll layup 79-76
0:00   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   UTA team rebound