In­gles goes cold as Utah falls

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

JOE In­gles started hot but quickly chilled as the Utah Jazz im­ploded in a 113-92 loss to the Hous­ton Rock­ets in game three of their NBA Western Con­fer­ence semi-fi­nal se­ries.

The win in Salt Lake City yes­ter­day gave the top-seeded Rock­ets a 2-1 lead in the be­stof-seven se­ries.

In­gles sank the first bas­ket of the game, a three-pointer from well be­yond the arc, but he missed his next six shots.

His team­mates were also off tar­get and the Jazz trailed 70-40 at half­time.

The Rock­ets led by as much as 38 points dur­ing the rout in front of a stunned Utah crowd.

In­gles had six points, miss- ing eight of 10 field goal at­tempts, and suf­fered five turnovers.

It was a far cry from his ca­reer-high 27 points in the Jazz’s em­phatic game two win in Hous­ton.

The Jazz’s other Aus­tralian, Dante Exum, was also not as ef­fec­tive in guard­ing Hous­ton’s leader James Harden, who con­trolled the game with 25 points and 12 as­sists.

Exum had six points from 14 min­utes on the court.

A day after the Philadel­phia 76ers’ Aus­tralian rookie Ben Sim­mons had the worst game of his ca­reer, scor­ing just one point in a loss to the Bos­ton Celtics, his ri­val for the NBA’s rookie of the year award, the Jazz’s Dono­van Mitchell, also floun­dered with 10 points on four of 17 shoot­ing and three turnovers.

In the other Western Con­fer­ence semi-fi­nal se­ries, the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans thumped the reign­ing NBA cham­pi­ons Golden State War­riors 119-100 in game three.

The Pel­i­cans, how­ever, trail 1-2 in the se­ries.

Pel­i­cans cen­tre An­thony Davis dom­i­nated the game in New Or­leans with 33 points, 18 re­bounds and four steals, and was well backed up by Jrue Hol­i­day’s 21 points and vet­eran point guard Ra­jon Rondo’s 21 as­sists.

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Utah’s Joe In­gles drives around the Hous­ton de­fence in yes­ter­day‘s NBA play­off

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