McGrady Scores 29 as Rockets Beat Jazz 95-69 to Stay Alive

Utah has their worst offensive game of year
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 11:42 PM CDT
Houston Rockets' Rafer Alston heads upcourt after sinking a 3-point basket against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter in Game 5 of an NBA Western Conference playoff basketball series Tuesday.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – Tracy McGrady scored 29 points, Luis Scola added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets staved off elimination Tuesday night by routing the Utah Jazz 95-69 in Game 5 of their first-round series. Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 10 rebounds as the Rockets cut their series deficit to 3-2 and forced Game 6 in Utah on Friday night.

Now, the Jazz can end the series at home, where they went 37-4 during the regular season. But it's no guarantee—Houston was the first team to beat Utah in Salt Lake City during the regular season and won Game 3 there last Thursday. The Rockets did everything they hadn't done for most of the series. They shot well, hit their free throws and got valuable production off the bench.