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Crowder Scores Tough Basket Over Pair Of Houston Defenders

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In Game 4 against the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder brought the home crowd to its feet with a steal and a basket near the end of the first half.

With less than four minutes remaining in the opening half, Crowder missed a 3-pointer but then stole the ball from Houston’s James Harden and drove to the basket and scooped in a layup over a pair of Rockets defenders.

He was fouled on the play and immediately flexed his muscles and shouted into the sold out crowd at Vivint Smart Home Arena in celebration.

While he missed the extra-point foul shot, the basket brought him to 16 points in the opening half, a game high among all scorers.

Crowder scored 14 points in the first period, which coupled with 11 points by Ricky Rubio, was instrumental in helping Utah secure a 32-24 lead at the end of the quarter.

After losing the first three games of the series to Houston, the Jazz face possible elimination in Monday’s Game 4.

The game between the Jazz and Rockets is being broadcast on TNT