Deron Williams had 22 points and 5 assists while Mehmut Okur posted a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 90-84 to take the 2-0 advantage in the first round of the playoffs series.
Tracy McGrady‘s solid all around effort of 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks was not enough to lift the Rockets for a win. Bobby Jackson, who is subbing for the injured Rafer Alston, scored 18 points and rookie Luis Scola added 14. Already missing Alston and Yao Ming, the Rockets bench did not exactly put up good numbers in the game. The Rockets bench only managed to contribute 15 points.
Carlos Boozer managed to chip in 13 points and 7 rebounds and Ronnie Brewer added 10 markers for the visiting Jazz.
The Rockets are down a 0-2 hole in the first round of the playoffs and they’ll be having more troubles when the series heads to Utah on the 24th. The Jazz went 37-4 at the EnergySolutions Arena during the regular season.
I’m not counting out the Rockets in the playoffs, but looks to me that T-Mac‘s first round jinx is still in effect.