The Jazz cut the lead to 4 with less than 30 seconds left in the third after scoring four straight points, but Nene made a basket at the buzzer to leave Houston up 75-69 entering the fourth. After scoring 31 points to lead Utah to the victory in Game 4, Mitchell managed just 12 points on a night he missed all nine of his 3-point attempts. D’Antoni on his team’s win: “Everybody contributed something and it’s by their heart and just their tenacity to get the win. Going forward we’re going to need the same thing.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) — In a series where their shots weren’t falling like normal, the Houston Rockets managed to close it out with some tough defense. Harden blocked a shot by Ruby Gobert on Utah’s next possession and he made two free throws to extend the lead to 98-93 with 38 seconds left. Associated Press Houston advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season and will face the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors series. “I’m upset but I’m going to be better,” the second-year player said. “Simply put. I wasn’t tonight and I’ll be better.” The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 77-75 lead with 9 minutes left. Rubio had two steals and a basket to help Utah go on top. Jazz coach Quin Snyder lamented the difficulties of dealing with a veteran coach like Mike D’Antoni and perennial All-Stars Paul and Harden. Houston ended its scoring drought after that, scoring the next five points, capped by a three-point play from Harden to make it 80-77. April 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Harden helps Rockets eliminate Jazz with 100-93 win Rockets: Tucker set a playoff career-high with four blocks. … Paul and Gordon had 15 points apiece. … Houston made 13 3-pointers. … The Rockets had 12 steals. James Harden scored 26 points and the Rockets outlasted the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Wednesday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1. Donovan Mitchell, who was just 4 of 22, missed a 3-pointer after that and Chris Paul added two more free throws to secure the victory. The Rockets had 12 steals and 12 blocks, the first playoff game where they had double figures in both since Game 5 of the 1994 Western Conference finals, just before they went on to win their first title. Austin Rivers ended Utah’s run with a 3-pointer to extend Houston’s lead to 71-63. Tags: Houston Rockets/James Harden/NBA/Utah Jazz Royce O’Neal came off the bench to lead Utah with 18 points, Rubio had 17 and Jae Crowder added 15. Gobert wasn’t much of a factor in this one, scoring just nine points with 10 rebounds. Houston trailed by seven late in the second quarter before using a 14-3 run to lead by four entering the third. Harden scored eight of his 10 first-half points during that run. The Rockets kept it going to start the third, using a 10-2 spurt to make it 56-44 with about 10 minutes left in the quarter. Harden and Tucker had 3-pointers in that span and Capela added a dunk. Rubio made a 3-pointer for Utah before Paul scored five quick points to extend Houston’s advantage to 85-80 with 7 minutes left. Harden struggled to get going early and didn’t score in the first quarter. But after missing his first seven shots and 11 of his first 12 attempts, he finally found a rhythm. Written by “We didn’t want to go back to Utah,” Paul said. “We wanted to take care of business tonight. All night we were talking about energy. It’s always hard to beat a team and close them out.” “I felt a lot better,” Capela said. “I definitely felt like another person than (I did) the last game.” MITCHELL’S PERFORMANCE “We didn’t make as many shots as we wanted to … but these last few games we hung our hat on defense,” Harden said. “He’s confident,” Harden said. “You see what he did last game. He’s capable of taking over a game. Once he gets more comfortable in his role … the sky’s the limit for him.” THEY SAID IT Danuel House made a 3-pointer and Harden added a layup seconds later to leave Houston up by 11 later in the quarter. But O’Neal made a 3 soon after that to before Mitchell added a three-point play to get Utah within 68-63 with about 2 minutes left in the third. TIP-INS Harden and Paul were complimentary of Mitchell despite his struggles on Wednesday night and know he has a bright future. “They’re so cerebral that they’re able to find weaknesses in your defense,” he said. Jazz: Utah made 9 of 38 3-pointers. … Joe Ingles had 11 points and nine assists. … Rubio had 11 assists. The Rockets got a solid game from Clint Capela, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds. He acknowledged having trouble breathing in the Game 4 loss because of an upper respiratory infection and was held to just four points. Ricky Rubio cut Houston’s lead to 94-93 on a jump shot with about a minute left. P.J. Tucker missed two free throws, but grabbed a loose ball seconds later and was fouled again. This time he made both shots to make it 96-93.