Ingles sunk a team-high 27 points, shooting absolutely lights-out from beyond 3, to help a doggedly defensive Jazz outfit rally past the highly-fancied Rockets 116-108, levelling the playoff series at 1-1 and scoring an all-important road win in the process.
The Jazz rookie clanked a runner midway through the fourth quarter but followed his own miss with a putback dunk that sent shockwaves through Houston.
He warned his team about thinking they could flip the switch in the postseason just because they'd won a league-best 65 games during the regular season. James Harden scored 32 points and had 11 assists in a losing effort.
"They came out with some thrust in that first half", Harden told reporters after the game.
Added D'Antoni: "They made the shots that we kind of left them open".
"We came out a step behind in Game 1 - we were able to watch it and learn from it and play a bit more how we wanted to play for this game".
After trailing by 25 points at halftime of the 110-96 loss in the series opener, the Jazz bolted to an early lead in this one and led by as many as 19 in the first half.
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Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn't keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as their normally potent offense went cold.
The boy from Happy Valley was on bloody fire all game long, drilling 7 of 9 from 3-point land, sinking long-range shots harder than an ice-cold Farmer's Union on a scorching South Australian day. Jae Crowder continued to hit threes, making three of his six attempts en route to 15 points. The Rockets would probably back themselves to win one of the next 2 games in Utah, but they'd be mindful of the fact that the Jazz-Thunder series flipped on its head after Game 2 and they'll have to bring their A-game to win this series.
"We had some time to think about, and talk about what we do", Ingles said post-game.
In defence, Exum harassed James Harden and the Rockets' other All-Star guard Chris Paul. Ariza fouled Gobert before the big man could rise up for a dunk, and the Frenchman made one of two free throws, and Utah led by eight. You know they're going to come back. The Utah Jazz are averaging 104.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting.
It was the first time he had finished with less than 20 points in a playoff game, but that was mainly because he was more of a provider on the court, as he finished with 11 assists. So they made adjustments, especially on the pick and roll.
But they didn't make those shots on Wednesday night. "It's just a question of how far and how quickly, and I thought they cut that gap and not only made it a game, but basically took control of the game". "So I said: 'Why come down with it?'"