Rebounds hand Jazz Game 4 win against Rockets

Utah out-rebounded Houston 52-35.

Pat Riley’s mantra was “No rebounds, no rings.” Jerry Sloan’s scrappy rebounding led to his label as “The Original Bull.” Scoring is good for highlights and mixtapes – Donovan Mitchell delivered plenty in a team-leading 31-point performance; rebounding is good for success.

Back to the franchise’s favorite coach: “Rebounding is where you get a chance to compete for possession of the basketball.”

The Utah Jazz won the possession battle and dominated on the glass 52-35 in a 107-91 staving victory against the Houston Rockets. Game 5 shifts to Texas at 6pm with the Jazz showing no signs to looking toward Cancun.

Jazz head coach Quin Snyder inserted Jae Crowder into the starting lineup in Game 3 and 4. He provided energy after a lackluster opening in Houston. Snyder opted for Derrick Favors late in fourth quarter over Rudy Gobert, and profited in a stretch that provided the crucial distance for the win. Favors collected 11 rebounds – 6 on the offensive glass – along with 12 points.

Rockets star James Harden highlighted Utah’s rebounding as crucial to the win.

The interior advantage carried over to points in the paint – a highlight of Moreyball –  to the tune of 52-22. Where the Jazz wavered in Game 3, Derrick Favors delivered the knockout blow. Demoralizing offensive boards and soul-crushing runs to the rim.

Ultimately, the Jazz embodied another Sloanism on Monday night: “Size doesn’t make any difference; heart is what makes a difference.”

1, 2, 3 – Back to Houston.

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