HOUSTON — Utah Jazz had several chances to send the series back to Salt Lake City.
But they missed them.
The Jazz missed their last five shots and the Rockets clinched the seven-game series with a 100-93 victory in the Toyota Center on Wednesday night.
Donovan Mitchell struggled, hitting just 4 of 22 shots for 12 points. He was 0 for 9 from the 3-point line. Royce O'Neale led the Jazz with 18 points. James Harden had a game-high 26 on 10 of 26 shooting.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
- Utah was terrible in the final minute of the game. Trailing by just one at 94-93 with 55 seconds, to go, the Jazz committed two turnovers and twice unnecessarily fouled as if to preserve time, and the Rockets capitalized to outscore the Utah 6-0 in those final seconds.
- Perhaps fittingly for the final game of the season, the Jazz weren't good offensively, which was a problem throughout the playoff series and the campaign in its entirety. On Wednesday, Utah shot just 37 percent from the field and 24 percent from behind the 3-point line.
- The Rockets were active defensively down the stretch, and finished with 12 steals compared to the Jazz's eight and 12 blocks to the Jazz's four.
Here is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Game 5.
Joe Ingles has hit two 3-pointers and the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets were tied at 20 apiece after one quarter.
The Rockets raced out to a 8-0 lead, and it would have been 10 if the ball hadn't slipped out of James Harden's hands on a fast-break layup. Harden is 0-6 from the field.
Ingles and Donovan Mitchell each have six to lead the Jazz. Gorden and Clint Capela have six each for Houston.
With 4:27 left in first half James Harden found and opening in the lane and went up for the dunk ... but somehow missed the high-percentage shot. The Jazz raced down the court and found Harden guarding Rudy Gobert. The Jazz bigman showed him how he dunks, throwing it to give the Jazz a five-point lead.
The Jazz would soon build a 41-35 lead, only to have the Rockets go on an 11-2 run to end the half. Gordon banked a 3-pointer and James Harden hit a layup with three seconds left to give the Rockets a 46-42 halftime lead
The Rockets are outshooting the Jazz 40% to 31.8%. The Jazz are only 4 of 17 from the 3-point line. Ingles and Donovan lead the Jazz with nine points apiece while Gordon, Capela and Harden all have 10 points.
The Rockets went on a 10-run near the start the third quarter to take a commanding 56-44 lead.
Mitchell, who is struggling from the field, had an old-fashioned 3-point play to cut the lead to five points.8 comments on this story
Royce O'Neale had a strong quarter, scoring 10 points. He now has 16.
Ricky Rubio tied the game 75-all with 10 minutes to go. Inlges then hit to Georges Niang to take a short-lived 77-75 lead.
Minutes later, Rubio hit a 3-pointer to tied the game at 80. Chris Paul hit two jumpers, including a three as the Rockets went back ahead by five.
The Jazz thought they had cut the lead to two, 90-88, on a Rudy Gobert tip-in, but the shot was later waived off. Crowder hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 1, but they couldn't take the lead down the stretch.