NBA Playoffs: Twitter Reacts As Jazz Stun Rockets, Ingles Has Career Night


Houston… we have a problem!

Utah’s Joe Ingles scored a career-high 27 points as the Utah Jazz took down the red-hot Rockets 116-108 Wednesday night in the Toyota Center in front of more than 18,000 fans.

With the victory, the Jazz tied up the Western Conference semifinals at 1-1 and will host the Rockets in Salt Lake City Friday night for Game 3.

Ingles made a career-best seven 3-pointers and rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell had his third double-double in the playoffs as he added 17 points and 11 assists. It was also Mitchell’s first playoff game where he scored fewer than 20 points and didn’t lead the team in scoring.

After trailing by nearly 30 points on Sunday, the Jazz put an emphasis on getting out to an early lead. Thanks to a bunch of 3-pointers, Utah jumped out to a big lead and was up by as many as 19 in the first half.

However, the Rockets made a big comeback to take back the lead in the third quarter. But the Rockets had no answer for Ingles who made them pay with another brilliant shooting performance.

Houston was led by James Harden who had 32 points and 11 assists. Chris Paul added 23 points as Houston fell to the Jazz for the first time this season. Houston also came in havign won 24 of its last 25 games at home.

The two biggest plays of the night cam on dunks by Mitchell and Dante Exum. Up 98-94 with just over 6 minutes left in the game, Mitchell threw down a nifty one-handed slam on a putback and had the announcers going crazy. The entire Jazz bench went wild too as they celebrated Mitchell’s monster dunk!

Dante Exum then put the nail in the coffin for the Rockets as he put down arguably the dunk of the night with just a minute to go in the game to put it out of reach.

Mitchell, who is in the running for Rookie of the Year, also set a Jazz rookie record for assists (11) in a playoff game as he passed Hall-of-Famer John Stockton who had 10 back in 1985.

Here’s how fans reacted on Twitter after the game:

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UP NEXT: The series now moves to Salt Lake City where the Utah Jazz look to take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 is Friday. Game 4 will be played on Sunday.

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