After thirteen seasons in the NBA, the drought is over for Chris Paul. The veteran guard who has never been past the second round helped push the Houston Rockets into the Western Conference Finals.
The Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz, 112-102 at the Toyota Center this past Tuesday. Chris Paul erupted with a playoff career-high of 41 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists to secure the 4-1 close out, ultimately proving he is the Point God. The Utah Jazz did not go without a fight–Donovan Mitchell led the charge in the third quarter outscoring the Rockets 22-21 by himself. The star rookie finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists before leaving in the third quarter from an apparent to his left leg.
Utah ultimately could not keep up with the Rockets. Chris Paul continued his career-high performance, dropping 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter while James Harden had a quiet night, putting up 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Harden acknowledged Chris Paul’s leadership after the game stating, “He went out there and took over the game […] He put us all on his back and said listen: ‘I got us,'” said Harden.
The Rockets have a moment to relax and regroup before they meet their next opponent. The Western Conference Finals are set to kick off next Monday, May 14 on TNT. The Houston Rockets will be hosting The Golden State Warriors at the Toyota Center at 8:00 PM.