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Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell deliver for Jazz in win over the Rockets

Donovan Mitchell scored just 17, his first game this postseason where the dynamic rookie scored fewer than 20 points and didn't lead the team in scoring.


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Guard/forward Joe Ingles led the Utah Jazz with a career-high 27 points on seven three-pointers, to secure an upset 116-108 win over the Houston Rockets in Western Conference semifinals.

 

The series is now tied 1-1. 

 

Donovan Mitchell added 17 points and had the play of the game, perhaps the dunk of the postseason, with a putback that will be replayed for days. 

(On the putback) I just happened to be up there, so why come down with it?

Donovan Mitchell
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Mitchell also has Jazz rookie-record 11 assists for his first outing this postseason where he scored fewer than 20 points and did not lead the team in scoring.

 

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said the rookie was the key the Jazz getting the victory, after a sluggish Game 1.

 

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

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