SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Instead of the second round, the Utah Jazz have Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets facing a Game 7.
Andrei Kirilenko had his best game of the series with 14 points and five blocks to lead the Jazz to a 94-82 victory Thursday night, forcing a deciding game back in Houston.
Mehmet Okur added 19 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Jazz finally started hitting from beyond the arc. McGrady finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Houston. Yao Ming scored 25, but he also had eight turnovers — two more than his rebound total — as Okur and rookie Paul Millsap constantly pressured the 7-foot-6 center.
The home team has won every game in the series, which bodes well for the Rockets, who haven’t played well in Utah this season or postseason. Game 7 is Saturday night.
Carlos Boozer added 22 points for Utah, and he and Okur both pulled down nine rebounds. Deron Williams had 15 points and eight assists, Millsap scored all of his eight points in the second quarter, as the Jazz took control and then held off several rallies by the Rockets down the stretch.
After falling behind by 11 late in the third quarter, Houston twice got within a point but never quite completed the comeback.
Kirilenko scored six points and blocked three shots in the fourth quarter during a 13-4 run that sealed it for the Jazz.
Editor’s Note: Due to deadline restrictions, the result of Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between Dallas and Golden State will not appear in today’s edition of the Bulletin. The Mavs, down 3-2, trailed 90-67 at press time.