Now that's what we expected to see.
Playing like the team we've been accustomed to watching, the Utah Jazz evened its first-round playoff series with the Houston Rockets after a convincing 105-90 victory at the Delta Center Saturday.Karl Malone scored 29 points to lead the offensive attack for Utah, which bounced back after being soundly defeated by the Rockets 103-90 Thursday. The best-of-5 series is now tied at 1-1.
Utah led just 47-42 at halftime but outscored the Rockets 32-18 in the third quarter to blow open the game.
Malone scored 11 points in the decisive quarter, while the Rockets had seven turnovers and went 5-for-16 from the floor.
Houston center Hakeem Olajuwon had 16 points before being ejected midway through the fourth quarter for arguing a call. Teammates Charles Barkley and Brent Price fouled out of the game not long after Olajuwon's ejection.
The two teams now head to Houston for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday. If necessary, a Game 5 will be held a week from today at the Delta Center.
The Jazz won both meetings in Houston during the regular season.
See these stories for more on the Jazz-Rockets game:
Jazz-Rockets game story D1
Brad Rock's column D1
Opponent's locker room D2
Jazz game at a glance D2
Fast breaks D2
Doug Robinson's column D3