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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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Key Players
D. Mitchell
45 SG
J. Harden
13 SG
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
30.4 Pts. Per Game 30.4
8.8 Ast. Per Game 8.8
5.4 Reb. Per Game 5.4
43.5 Field Goal % 44.9
43.6 Three Point % 44.8
80.4 Free Throw % 85.9
  Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder 0:10
  James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
  Defensive rebound by James Harden 0:16
  Rudy Gobert missed alley-oop shot 0:19
  Out of bounds turnover on Chris Paul 0:36
+ 2 Donovan Mitchell made driving layup 0:43
+ 3 Chris Paul made 3-pt. jump shot 0:51
+ 2 Dante Exum made driving dunk 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert 1:06
  P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:10
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:20
Team Stats
Points 116 108
Field Goals 43-84 (51.2%) 38-95 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 15-32 (46.9%) 10-37 (27.0%)
Free Throws 15-25 (60.0%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 58 55
Offensive 5 11
Defensive 43 39
Team 10 5
Assists 26 22
Steals 4 10
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 16 7
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST
32 PTS, 6 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo 5 Jazz 1-1 36282230116
home team logo 1 Rockets 1-1 28273023108
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 1-1 106.8 PPG 43.1 RPG 24.3 APG
home team logo Rockets 1-1 108.9 PPG 40.9 RPG 21.3 APG
Key Players
J. Ingles SF 12.0 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.6 APG 44.1 FG%
J. Harden SG 30.9 PPG 5.8 RPG 8.3 APG 45.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Ingles SF 27 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
J. Harden SG 32 PTS 6 REB 11 AST
51.2 FG% 40.0
46.9 3PT FG% 27.0
60.0 FT% 81.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Ingles 35 27 3 2 0 0 3 2 10/13 7/9 0/0 0 3 31 -2
D. Mitchell 37 17 5 11 2 0 3 5 6/21 2/8 3/4 2 3 43 +13
R. Gobert 36 15 14 0 0 3 2 4 5/7 0/0 5/9 1 13 30 -1
D. Favors 20 10 3 1 1 1 0 0 5/7 0/0 0/0 1 2 17 +7
R. O'Neale 27 6 4 2 0 0 3 1 2/5 1/3 1/2 0 4 11 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Ingles 35 27 3 2 0 0 3 2 10/13 7/9 0/0 0 3 31 -2
D. Mitchell 37 17 5 11 2 0 3 5 6/21 2/8 3/4 2 3 43 +13
R. Gobert 36 15 14 0 0 3 2 4 5/7 0/0 5/9 1 13 30 -1
D. Favors 20 10 3 1 1 1 0 0 5/7 0/0 0/0 1 2 17 +7
R. O'Neale 27 6 4 2 0 0 3 1 2/5 1/3 1/2 0 4 11 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Burks 22 17 4 6 1 1 3 3 7/11 0/2 3/3 0 4 32 +7
J. Crowder 33 15 10 1 0 0 1 3 5/10 3/6 2/5 0 10 26 +11
D. Exum 17 9 4 2 0 0 2 5 3/7 2/3 1/2 1 3 15 +10
R. Neto 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -2
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jerebko - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Rubio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stockton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 116 48 26 4 5 16 24 43/84 15/32 15/25 5 43 208 +40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 36 32 6 11 2 0 2 5 9/22 2/10 12/13 2 4 60 0
C. Paul 35 23 5 3 3 0 2 5 8/19 2/5 5/7 0 5 35 -3
C. Capela 30 21 11 2 1 2 0 4 10/15 0/0 1/2 5 6 39 +4
P. Tucker 33 5 10 3 1 2 0 2 2/9 1/5 0/0 2 8 24 +3
T. Ariza 33 5 4 0 1 0 0 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 0 4 10 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 36 32 6 11 2 0 2 5 9/22 2/10 12/13 2 4 60 0
C. Paul 35 23 5 3 3 0 2 5 8/19 2/5 5/7 0 5 35 -3
C. Capela 30 21 11 2 1 2 0 4 10/15 0/0 1/2 5 6 39 +4
P. Tucker 33 5 10 3 1 2 0 2 2/9 1/5 0/0 2 8 24 +3
T. Ariza 33 5 4 0 1 0 0 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 0 4 10 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Gordon 34 15 6 1 1 2 2 3 5/16 3/6 2/2 2 4 24 -9
L. Mbah a Moute 16 4 4 1 0 1 1 0 1/4 0/2 2/3 0 4 10 -10
G. Green 9 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0 5 -11
R. Anderson 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 2 4 +1
Nene 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -5
R. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Black - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Qi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 108 50 22 10 7 7 21 38/95 10/37 22/27 11 39 212 -40