Paul, Rockets in command - or are they?

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If the Jazz are going to keep their season alive, they must find a way to score more points in game 5.

The Rockets went up by 15 in the second quarter before the Jazz closed to 51-46 on back-to-back three-point plays by Mitchell.

Game 6 is indelible, because of the way the Jazz started wobbly after blowing a 25-point lead in Game 5 and losing Rubio in the first quarter. He committed just one turnover on his 33rd birthday.

Harden ended with 24 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists to help the Rockets take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 100-87 victory. Later in the quarter after making a free throw, he again made consecutive baskets for the Jazz on a floater with his left hand and another drive up the right side. I know it's struggle to juggle minutes at this time but I think Anderson could be the X-Factor to make this team be one game away from putting this series to bed. Maxwell played with the Rockets during the 1994 and 1995 championship wins.

"I don't confront fans - fans confront me", Westbrook said after that game.

From inside their cake-spattered locker room came words of confidence, focus and a firm belief that there is no chance the Rockets will squander this 3-1 lead. "(Expletive) went bad real quick". It is what it is. He doesn't expect to see anything different out of him on Tuesday despite having the opportunity to finally shed the label that he can't get out of the second round. Harden and Paul combined for 30 first-half points but missed all six of their 3-point attempts. "He doesn't get a lot of credit for it". "If we use that time frame of how we played to go into Game 5, we'll be able to do big things". The Jazz had, when healthy, the best defense in the league.

And may I add that Anderson drains his shots at an incredible 39.3 percent rate off one day of rest which is certainly the reasoning of WHY HIS TIME IS NOW.

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Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pelicans, who were looking to even the series after a 119-100 victory Friday.

Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans, Ian Clark added 18 points against his former club.

Golden State shot a poor 38 per cent from distance while the Pelicans buried, 14 of 31, or 45 per cent of their three-pointers.

The closest the Pelicans could get was 11 points before the Warriors built the lead to 23 and took a 94-73 advantage after three quarters.

"I hope they win", she said. "They are good as a team and I really enjoy watching them". They can run you off the three-point line because they're so long that they can give you a step, but they can also challenge shots. And I think it's something that needs to be brought up. I got the steal. After Griffin's trade in February, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the 2014 loss was the "beginning of the end" for the Paul/Griffin Clippers and called L.A.'s 2015 collapse a "debacle". "KD and Steph were more strategic".

TOUGH CHALLENGE: The Pelicans never know which Golden State star might be on any given night - or all of them at once. But (the security guard) comes up to me, and says 'Hey, we need to talk to you in the back.' I said, 'for what?' I told them what happened.