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Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul didn't want to talk about his postseason failures, not after Houston's win Tuesday over Utah finally got him into the Western Conference finals.

''For us it was just ... they were in the way,'' Paul said. ''So we were just trying to get another win.''

His Rockets teammates saw it a little differently. They were eager to talk about Paul's dominant performance, including a playoff career-high 41 points, in a 112-102 victory in Game 5 that eliminated the Jazz.

''He went out there and took over the game,'' James Harden said. ''(To have) an opportunity for him that he's never had before. He went to go get it. He put us all on his back and said listen: `I got us.'''

Paul made eight 3-pointers and had 10 assists and seven rebounds without a turnover. He's the first player in playoff history to have at least 40 points and 10 assists without a turnover since turnovers became an official statistic in 1977-78, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''The performance that Chris put out there - if he didn't make it out this time, something's wrong,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said.

It will be Houston's second trip to the Western Conference finals in four years and the first ever for Paul. The point guard, who is in his 13th NBA season, has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the playoffs.

While he wouldn't talk about finally getting over the second-round hump, he had no problem discussing how much he's enjoying this season.

''It's just fun,'' he said. ''It's not about the points or anything like that. It's about the process.''

Houston will meet Golden State in the conference finals beginning Monday night at home.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. His previous career-best in the playoffs was 35 points, which he accomplished three times.

Star rookie Donovan Mitchell had 22 of his 24 points for Utah in the third quarter before leaving with about seven minutes left with an apparent left leg injury. The team didn't provide an update on his condition after the game, but he was wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

''Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole,'' Mitchell said.

Houston returns to the conference finals for the first time since 2015. It's the second straight season the Jazz lost in this round after being swept by Golden State last season.

The top-seeded Rockets led by eight points after a 3-pointer by Paul with about six minutes left. The Jazz scored the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Royce O'Neale, before Paul made eight quick points to push Houston's lead to 105-96 with about three minutes left.

Joe Ingles made a basket for Utah before Paul added another basket to make it 107-98. The crowd began chanting ''CP3'' repeatedly as Paul dribbled down the court on the next possession.

The Jazz were without Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum because of hamstring injuries. Rubio has missed the entire series with his injury, and Exum was injured in the third quarter of Game 5.

P.J. Tucker scored a playoff career-best 19 points, and Harden added 18 points on a night he was ''under the weather,'' according to D'Antoni.

Mitchell's huge third quarter left the Jazz up by 3 to begin the fourth. Derrick Favors made a layup for Utah to start the final quarter before Paul and Tucker hit consecutive 3-pointers to put Houston back on top 81-80 with about 10 minutes left.

Utah regained the lead on a basket by O'Neale before Houston used an 11-5 spurt, with the first five points from Gerald Green, to take a 92-87 lead with about seven minutes left. Harden capped the run with a dunk after stealing the ball from Mitchell. Mitchell was injured on that play and grabbed his left leg. He had to be helped to the bench and was quickly taken to the locker room with the help of two people.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Alec Burks scored 22 points off the bench. ... Rudy Gobert finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. ... Mitchell finished 9 of 17 on field goals. ... O'Neale had 17 points.

Rockets: Houston made 18 3-pointers to give the team 10 or more 3-pointers in an NBA playoff-record 16 straight games. ... Clint Capela finished with five blocks. ... The Rockets had 10 steals on Tuesday for their fourth game in the series with 10 or more.

THEY SAID IT

Mitchell on what coach Quin Snyder's message was to the team after the loss: ''I was so upset I wasn't listening. I'm not going to lie to you.''

WHAT A PRESENT

D'Antoni turned 67 on Tuesday and said this game was the best present he's ever received.

''Without a doubt,'' he said. ''Especially at this age.''

UP NEXT

Houston will host the first two games of the conference finals against Golden State or New Orleans.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:37   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
11:17   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:14   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
11:11   Out of bounds turnover on Donovan Mitchell  
10:51 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 0-2
10:28   Jae Crowder missed running Jump Shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
10:22   Lost ball turnover on Trevor Ariza, stolen by Jae Crowder  
10:17   Jae Crowder missed finger-roll layup  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
10:08   Bad pass turnover on P.J. Tucker, stolen by Donovan Mitchell  
10:03 +2 Royce O'Neale made layup, assist by Joe Ingles 2-2
9:45   Shooting foul on Donovan Mitchell  
9:45 +1 Clint Capela made 1st of 2 free throws 2-3
9:45   Clint Capela missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
9:35 +3 Jae Crowder made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Ingles 5-3
9:06   James Harden missed jump shot  
9:04   Team rebound  
8:58   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:43 +2 Chris Paul made fade-away jump shot 5-5
8:30   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:28   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
8:21   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
8:12   Bad pass turnover on Joe Ingles, stolen by Clint Capela  
8:10   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
7:55   Team rebound  
7:55   Clint Capela missed layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
7:50   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:46   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
7:38   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
7:31   Royce O'Neale missed finger-roll layup  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:14   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:11   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
7:11   Personal foul on James Harden  
7:01 +2 Rudy Gobert made hook shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 7-5
6:41   Shooting foul on Royce O'Neale  
6:41 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 7-6
6:41 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-7
6:26 +2 Joe Ingles made driving layup, assist by Donovan Mitchell 9-7
6:04   Personal foul on Raul Neto  
5:57   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
5:46   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
5:42   Rudy Gobert missed layup, blocked by Clint Capela  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
5:33   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Rudy Gobert  
5:21 +2 Donovan Mitchell made finger-roll layup 11-7
4:59   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:57   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
4:47   Bad pass turnover on Raul Neto, stolen by Clint Capela  
4:41 +2 Luc Mbah a Moute made reverse layup, assist by James Harden 11-9
4:34   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
4:26   Out of bounds turnover on Jae Crowder  
4:15 +2 James Harden made driving layup 11-11
4:07   Raul Neto missed driving layup  
4:03   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
3:57 +2 Nene made layup, assist by James Harden 11-13
3:33   Jae Crowder missed jump shot  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
3:24 +2 Nene made finger-roll layup, assist by James Harden 11-15
3:12   Donovan Mitchell missed driving layup  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
3:05 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 11-18
2:42   Raul Neto missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:40   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
2:36   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:34   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
2:27 +2 Derrick Favors made dunk, assist by Royce O'Neale 13-18
2:01   James Harden missed driving layup  
1:56   Offensive rebound by Nene  
1:46   Out of bounds turnover on Luc Mbah a Moute  
1:32   Jae Crowder missed jump shot  
1:30   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
1:24   Bad pass turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Alec Burks  
1:14   Lost ball turnover on Jae Crowder, stolen by Luc Mbah a Moute  
1:09 +3 Luc Mbah a Moute made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 13-21
0:43 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Raul Neto 16-21
0:29   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
0:10   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:06   Defensive rebound by Nene  
0:00   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Eric Gordon missed finger-roll layup  
11:41   Defensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
11:21   Alec Burks missed floating jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
11:13   Chris Paul missed layup  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
10:55   Alec Burks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:51   Offensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
10:48   Raul Neto missed jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Luc Mbah a Moute  
10:36 +2 Nene made layup, assist by Chris Paul 16-23
10:19   Alec Burks missed floating jump shot  
10:17   Offensive rebound by Alec Burks  
10:17   Alec Burks missed dunk  
10:15   Offensive rebound by Raul Neto  
10:05 +2 Derrick Favors made dunk, assist by Joe Ingles 18-23
9:45   Luc Mbah a Moute missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Derrick Favors  
9:40 +2 Alec Burks made floating jump shot 20-23
9:40   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
9:40 +1 Alec Burks made free throw 21-23
9:25 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luc Mbah a Moute 21-26
9:05 +2 Alec Burks made layup, assist by Raul Neto 23-26
8:50 +2 Chris Paul made fade-away jump shot 23-28
8:42 +2 Alec Burks made jump shot 25-28
8:39   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
8:24 +2 Luc Mbah a Moute made driving layup, assist by Eric Gordon 25-30
8:24   Shooting foul on Derrick Favors  
8:24 +1 Luc Mbah a Moute made free throw 25-31
7:38 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 25-34
8:01 +2 Royce O'Neale made dunk, assist by Donovan Mitchell 27-34
7:38 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 27-37
7:26   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
7:26 +1 Alec Burks made 1st of 2 free throws 28-37
7:26 +1 Alec Burks made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-37
7:11   Lost ball turnover on Luc Mbah a Moute, stolen by Royce O'Neale  
7:05 +3 Jonas Jerebko made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 32-37
6:44 +2 P.J. Tucker made hook shot, assist by James Harden 32-39
6:22 +2 Royce O'Neale made finger-roll layup, assist by Alec Burks 34-39
6:01 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 34-42
5:50   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:46   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:41 +2 P.J. Tucker made layup, assist by Chris Paul 34-44
5:25   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
5:13   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
5:13   Team rebound  
5:13   Rudy Gobert missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:13 +1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-44
4:59   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
4:48   Alec Burks missed layup  
4:46   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
4:45   Rudy Gobert missed layup, blocked by P.J. Tucker  
4:43   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
4:36 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 35-46
4:36   Defensive goaltending violation  
4:22 +3 Joe Ingles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 38-46
3:59   Eric Gordon missed jump shot  
3:54   Defensive rebound by Royce O'Neale  
3:44 +2 Rudy Gobert made layup, assist by Alec Burks 40-46
3:25   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
3:05 +3 Alec Burks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 43-46
2:49   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:46   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
2:39   Donovan Mitchell missed jump shot, blocked by Clint Capela  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
2:28   Chris Paul missed driving layup  
2:26   Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles  
2:19   Bad pass turnover on Royce O'Neale, stolen by Trevor Ariza  
2:03   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Alec Burks  
1:50   Rudy Gobert missed layup  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
1:50   Personal foul on Rudy Gobert  
1:44   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
1:44 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 43-47
1:44 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-48
1:26   Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
1:23   Personal foul on Chris Paul  
1:23   Rudy Gobert missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:23   Team rebound  
1:23 +1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-48
1:01   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:00   Offensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
0:58 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 44-51
0:43   Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:40   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
0:34 +3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 44-54
0:19   Raul Neto missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:16   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
0:16 +2 Rudy Gobert made dunk 46-54
0:01 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 46-57
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
11:44   Team rebound  
11:44   Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell  
11:37   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:35   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
11:24 +2 Rudy Gobert made hook shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 48-57
11:14   Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell  
11:02   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
10:54   Royce O'Neale missed layup, blocked by Clint Capela  
10:53   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:39   Personal foul on Joe Ingles  
10:29   James Harden missed jump shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
10:25   Personal foul on James Harden  
10:13   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:11   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
10:00   Chris Paul missed turnaround jump shot  
9:58   Team rebound  
9:58   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
9:47   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:44   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
9:30 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 48-60
9:03   Alec Burks missed floating jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
8:58 +2 Trevor Ariza made dunk, assist by Chris Paul 48-62
8:49   Shooting foul on Clint Capela  
8:49 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 49-62
8:49 +1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-62
8:36   Personal foul on Alec Burks  
8:21 +2 James Harden made jump shot 50-64
8:09   Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:06   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
7:49   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
7:42 +2 Donovan Mitchell made finger-roll layup 52-64
7:16   James Harden missed driving layup  
7:16   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:16   Shooting foul on Royce O'Neale  
7:16 +1 Clint Capela made 1st of 2 free throws 52-65
7:16 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-66
7:02 +2 Donovan Mitchell made jump shot 54-66
6:40   Trevor Ariza missed driving layup, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell  
6:32 +2 Royce O'Neale made layup, assist by Donovan Mitchell 56-66
6:19   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Gordon  
6:07 +2 Donovan Mitchell made driving layup 58-66
6:07   Shooting foul on Luc Mbah a Moute  
6:07   Donovan Mitchell missed free throw  
6:03   Offensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
6:02 +2 Jae Crowder made layup 60-66
5:45   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
5:43   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
5:43 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 61-66
5:43   Jae Crowder missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:40   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:21   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert  
5:07 +3 Alec Burks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donovan Mitchell 64-66
4:41   Nene missed hook shot, blocked by Rudy Gobert  
4:40   Team rebound  
4:40   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
4:23   Bad pass turnover on Donovan Mitchell  
4:08   Shooting foul on Royce O'Neale  
4:08   Team rebound  
4:08   James Harden missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:08 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-67
3:54 +3 Donovan Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alec Burks 67-67
3:37 +2 James Harden made jump shot 67-69
3:23 +2 Donovan Mitchell made hook shot 69-69
3:16   Personal foul on Royce O'Neale  
3:16 +1 Chris Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 69-70
3:16 +1 Chris Paul made 2nd of 2 free throws 69-71
2:56 +2 Donovan Mitchell made finger-roll layup 71-71
2:45   Personal foul on Raul Neto