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Jazz will have the noise, Rockets promise better defense in Game 3

Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) eyes Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets play game two of the NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center in Houston on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Scott G Winterton/Deseret News
  1. SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz are ready for their famously loud hometown crowd tonight.

The fans are still talking about Dante Exum’s slam dunk late in Game 2 that sealed the Jazz’s 116-108 win over the Houston Rockets. That tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Hopefully, the Jazz will ride that wave in front of their loud hometown crowd in Game 3 at 8:30 tonight against the Rockets.

But Exum tells he’s got a difficult night ahead of him; he’s guarding star forward James Harden again.

“When you’re going up against someone like that, just disrupt him as much as possible, and make life frustrating,” Exum said.

The Rockets promise tighter defense tonight.

KSL Newsradio will have a special 90-minute pregame show starting at 7 p.m.