UTAH JAZZ

Houston Drains Eight Triples To Take Lead Going Into Fourth Quarter

Apr 22, 2019, 10:45 PM
PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a possession call in the first half of Game Four dur...
PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a possession call in the first half of Game Four during the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 22, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Houston Rockets overtook the Utah Jazz in the third quarter of Game 4 thanks to terrific shooting from beyond the arc.

The Jazz led at halftime, 53-47 before the Rockets got hot from downtown, making 8-of-12 3-point attempts in the third quarter alone.

In the first three quarters combined, Houston made threes at a 17-for-33 clip which equates to a phenomenal 51.5 percent.

Houston’s trio of James Harden, Eric Gordon and PJ were especially lethal from the 3-point land. Going into the fourth quarter, Harden already had six made triples on 10 attempts, while Gordon was 5-for-7 and Tucker was 3-for-4 from downtown.

By comparison, the Jazz were 8-for-26 for three going into the final quarter. Jae Crowder had the team-high mark in makes with a 3-for-8 success rate while Royce O’Neale was 2-for-4.

Throughout the regular season, the Rockets led the league in 3-pointers made per game. Their mark of 16.1 makes per game was over three makes more than the next-best team, the Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz had the ninth-best mark in the NBA with 12.9 makes per game.

In each of the first three games of the series, Houston made more 3-pointers and shot the deep ball at a much better clip than the Jazz, something that has been devastating to Utah in falling into an 0-3 hole.

At the end of the third quarter, the Rockets led 79-76 of the possible elimination game for the Jazz.

Game 4 between Utah and Houston is being broadcast on TNT.

 

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