Every media pundit had this series signed, sealed and delivered as a win for the Houston Rockets before the game kicked off, but it took a career-high performance from Chris Paul to catapult them to the Western Conference Finals.
Paul snapped for 41 points against the Utah Jazz, including a 20-point fourth quarter performance, which put the dagger in the win.
Donovan Mitchell propelled his team back in the game by going off in the third quarter, but injured his knee and had to be helped to the locker room for x-rays. Not too long after that is when CP3 went off the the Rockets.
James Harden didn’t have a huge game, reportedly because he was under the weather.
The Beard finished with a solid 18 points and 4 assists, while CP3 dropped 41 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. PJ Tucker also had 19 points for the starters.
Mitchell did all he could and led the Jazz with 24 points and 9 assists in the loss, with Alec Burks providing 22 points off the bench for Utah. Royce O’Neale also had 17 in the game, but once Spida went out, their offense did not have enough firepower to hang with Paul’s 3-point daggers.
After the game, CP3 spoke on making his first Western Conference Finals trip, as Houston awaits the Golden State Warriors in what should be a great series.