SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz forced a Game 5 in their series with the Houston Rockets, winning 107-91 Monday night at Vivint Arena.
The Jazz crowd was loud, while Donovan Mitchell was dominant, especially in the fourth quarter, as Utah cut the Rockets' series lead to 3-1.
During a postgame interview, Jae Crowder, who had 23 points in the game, was overwhelmed and drowned out by the support of the fans.
Ricky Rubio, who added a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists, also gave a shoutout to the crowd.
Mitchell gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, as he scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the final quarter. That included this slam dunk in transition with 4:12 to play to put the Jazz ahead 97-86.
Bogut’s return a bonus for Warriors
Former Ute center Andrew Bogut is making his time count in his return to the Golden State Warriors.
The former NBA No. 1 pick was signed late in the season by the two-time defending NBA champions, and now his role has increased in the playoffs with DeMarcus Cousins’ quad injury. Bogut has started the past two games, averaging 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two wins that have give Golden State a 3-1 series lead on the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 34-year-old’s veteran presence has been valuable for the Warriors.
“He’s a smart basketball player, man. Obviously being here, knowing the system helps. I think he could play that way anywhere," Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss of Bogut. "Just directing the offense when he needs to, rebounding, being in the right spots. His talking, his energy, just everything since he been here been top of the line, especially his talk, how he guides guys out there every possession.”
Bogut joined Golden State after the National Basketball League's season ended in early March. The Australian native signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings last year — he earned NBL Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors by averaging 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game for the Kings.
He plans to return to Sydney next season, according to CBS Sports.
"The be all and end all is that I gave my word (to the Kings)," Bogut said, via the NBL. "That is basically what it comes down to ... I could potentially have to turn down a deal from somebody at the end of this playoff run if I continue to play well. Someone outside of the Warriors could offer me a deal that would be pretty lucrative and a decent one-year deal. But I'm sold and locked in on coming to the Sydney Kings again to try and better what we did last season."
Until then, Bogut will keep trying to help the Warriors win another NBA championship, while also keeping things light. Bogut, who is writing a column for Yahoo Sports Australia, had a playful response when the 76ers' Joel Embiid referenced the Warriors' 3-1 series collapse during the 2016 NBA Finals, of which Bogut was a part of.
"Joel Embiid saying the 76ers don’t want to do what we did in the 2016 Finals is just Joel being Joel — he’s a bit of a larrikin," Bogut wrote.Comment on this story
What's a "larrakin," you ask? As pointed out by the San Francisco Gate, it's meant to "characterize youthful rowdyism."
And finally …
The University of Utah held its 2019 Crimson Carpets Awards on Monday and honored the late Lauren McCluskey, the Ute track athlete killed in an on-campus shooting, with its Most Inspirational Female Athlete award.