NBA: Rockets 84, Jazz 90
By Chris Duncan
HOUSTON ó Tracy McGrady disappeared again in the fourth quarter, and the Utah Jazz took a commanding lead in their playoff series with the Houston Rockets.
Deron Williams shrugged off an ankle injury to score 22 points and Mehmet Okur added 16 points and 16 rebounds as the Jazz beat the Rockets 90-84 on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Utah, where the Jazz went 37-4 during the regular season.
McGrady, who has never advanced past the first round of the playoffs, had 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. He went 0-for-4 from the field and scored only one point in the final quarter.
McGrady scored 20 points in Game 1 but went 0-for-3 from the field in the fourth quarter of Utahís 93-82 victory.
The Rockets still had their chances to win Monday.
Luis Scola hit two free throws with 1:21 to go to cut Utahís lead to 85-82, and Williams missed a driving layup. Houstonís Bobby Jackson hit a 3-pointer that would have tied the game, but Scola was called for an offensive foul away from the ball when he pushed Andrei Kirilenko.
Kyle Korver flipped in a one-handed shot as the shot clock expired to put the game out of reach with 20 seconds left.
Jackson rebounded from a 3-for-15 shooting effort in Game 1 to score 18 points.
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