Jazz Beat Rockets 90-84 to Take 2-0 Series Lead
McGrady nearly has triple-double but disappears in 4th
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 1:29 AM CDT
Utah Jazz's Deron Williams (8) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets' Chuck Hayes, right, defends during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of an NBA Western Conference playoff basketball series.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – 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 and scored 22 points and Mehmet Okur added 16 points and 16 rebounds as the Jazz beat the Rockets 90-84 on Monday night 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, a seven-time All-Star who has never advanced past the first round of the playoffs, had 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to just miss his first postseason triple-double. But he went 0-for-4 from the field and scored only one point in the final quarter.