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Derrick Favors Was Big In Fourth Quarter For Jazz In Game 4

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) hauls down an offensive rebound late in the fourth quarter during Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs against Houston at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 22, 2019. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz outscored the Houston Rockets 31-12 in the fourth quarter. Donovan Mitchell led that quarter with 19 points, but Derrick Favors helped him put the game away in the final period with a big performance.

For the second straight game, Favors came off the bench as head coach Quin Snyder elected to start Jae Crowder in his place. Favors finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 1 block.

In the fourth quarter, he had 6 points, 6 rebounds, including 4 offensive boards and his lone block.

Most of his buckets were easy dunks as the ball handlers would sway the defense away from Favors and created space for him to get a quick pass for a dunk.

The offensive rebounds were key for Utah as they held off any runs that the Rockets attempted late in the game. Some were just tip outs to the guards but Favors took advantage of the small lineup that the Rockets had late in the game.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to play Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House. Favors is taller than all five of those players.