The Houston Rockets may not beat the Utah Jazz, but their gritty win in Game 3 was enough to keep their season alive. It ensures them another home game, meaning they're one road win away from regaining control of the series.
Houston got their production from everybody last night. Rafer Alston scored 20 in his first game of the series, Battier had 12 points, Scola had 16, Mutombo had 7 rebounds, and Bobby Jackson had 8 off the bench. Carl Landry had a front tooth knocked out in the first half, but stayed in the game and produced 11 boards and the game-saving block in the closing seconds. And Tracy McGrady, who was blamed heavily after scoring just one 4th quarter point in the first two games, scored seven points in the final four minutes -- giving his team the decisive edge.
It's hard to feel optimistic about Houston when they still need another win against the league's best home team. But of the Jazz's five home losses, two have come against the Rockets. If Alston and T-Mac can outscore Boozer and Williams like they did in Game 3, they should have a puncher's chance.