The Utah Jazz have taken care of the hard part in their playoff series with the Houston Rockets by winning the first two games on the road.
Deron Williams scored 22 points and Mehmet Okur added 16 points and 16 rebounds as the Jazz beat the Rockets 90-84 on Monday night. Game — in the best-of-seven series is Thursday night in Utah, where the Jazz went 37-4 during the regular season.
"We can't get too ahead of ourselves and worry about who's going to win and who's going to lose," Williams said. "We've just got to keep playing, keep fighting."
The Rockets will need a near-miraculous comeback to win in the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 season. They can conjure hope from the fact that they handed Utah one of its four home losses this season.
But that was at the start of the regular season, when they had center Yao Ming, who's out with a broken left foot. Houston will get starting point guard Rafer Alston back from a hamstring injury for Game 3, but it may be too late to matter.
The Jazz have won eight of the past 10 meetings with the Rockets.
"It's a must win," Houston's Tracy McGrady said. "It's even tougher because they're such a great home team. It's so tough to win up there in Salt Lake City. It's going to show what type of team we really are."
In Monday's other NBA playoff game, Cleveland beat Washington 116-86.
McGrady had 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, but faltered in the fourth quarter for the second straight game.
The seven-time All-Star, who has never advanced past the first round of the playoffs, fell just short of his first postseason triple-double, but he went 0-for-4 from the field and scored only one point in the final quarter. He scored 20 points in Game 1, but went 0-for-3 from the field in the fourth quarter of Utah's 93-82 victory.
McGrady played 43 minutes Monday night and said he was tired at the end, a combination of Utah's physical defense and his efforts to carry his team.
"I had no legs. I was on empty," McGrady said. "Banging with Matt Harpring, trying to rebound, trying to make plays for my team, trying to score, playing 43 minutes. That's a lot."
The Rockets still had their chances to win.
Luis Scola hit two free throws with 1:21 to go to cut Utah's lead to 85-82.
After Williams missed a driving layup, Houston's 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.
McGrady blasted official Tony Brothers for the call and accused Kirilenko of exaggerating the contact.
"You can't call that," he said. "I like Tony Brothers, but that was a bad call. Very, very bad call. Three points down, crucial point in the game and Kirilenko flops. He flops and you call a foul on that? It was a bad call."
Kirilenko had a different take.
"It was a foul," he said. "It was the right call, in my opinion."
Kirilenko grabbed an offensive rebound on Utah's next possession and Kyle Korver flipped in a one-handed shot as the shot clock expired to put the game out of reach with 20 seconds to go.
Carlos Boozer added 13 points and Williams had five assists for the Jazz, who closed the game with a 14-8 run.
Jackson bounced back from a 3-for-15 performance in Game — to score 18 points.
The Jazz led most of the way and were up 64-61 with 1:47 left in the third quarter when Williams limped to the locker room with a trainer after aggravating a tailbone injury that has bothered him for a week.
Ronnie Price, Williams' replacement, hit a 3-pointer just before the quarter ended to give Utah a 69-67 lead. Williams returned to the bench before the final quarter began.
He was back on the court with 9:18 left in the game, after Aaron Brooks went by Price for a game-tying layup. McGrady went out for a rest when Williams came back and Williams drove for a layup with 7:41 left to put the Jazz up 76-74.
McGrady returned with 7:07 remaining and was fouled on a jumper with 6:39 left. He hit a free throw to tie the game at 76. Williams hit a short shot at the other end to put Utah back on top.
Cavaliers 116, Wizards 86
LeBron James had 30 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds as Cleveland took a 2-0 series lead with its largest margin of victory in a postseason game. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who led by 25 points in third quarter.
In the third quarter, Washington center Brendan Haywood was ejected for a flagrant foul on James. Haywood, who had an altercation with James in Game 1, didn't make much of an effort to go for the ball and shoved James hard with both hands as he drove to the basket.
Caron Butler had 14 points for the Wizards, who have lost eight straight playoffs games to Cleveland.
Gilbert Arenas had seven points on 2-of-10 shooting for Washington.
Game — is Thursday night in Washington.
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