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Jazz try to push their way into the 2nd round

Jazz try to push their way into the 2nd round



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Randall Jeppesen reporting

There's a lot of excitement tonight in downtown Salt Lake as the Utah Jazz try to end the Houston Rockets' basketball season.

The Jazz players, like Matt Harpring, looked calm as they came to the arena earlier today. "It's a big game for us tonight. We just gotta go out and play like we know we're capable of playing and we'll be fine," he said.

Deron Williams can't wait to take the floor. "That's why you play basketball, for these types of games," he said.

The fans on the outside are also pumped up, saying tonight the Jazz are going to win and send the Rockets home pouting. "I hope so. I think they will," one fan said. "I think they'll do it. If not, I'm gonna drink a lot of beer."

Another fan said, "Bring on the Lakers!"

The fans will be rocking tonight. After all, they have to keep up their image as being the "most vicious" in the country.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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