Watch: Donovan Mitchell throws down ferocious putback dunk on the Rockets

Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets - Game Two

The Utah Jazz secured a terrific 116-108 victory against the Houston Rockets to even their second-round series at 1-1 and steal home-court advantage.

After a lopsided loss in game one, many questioned whether the Jazz would be a match for the Rockets but they answered that question emphatically as they stunned the home crowd in Houston.

Utah recovered from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in round one and are hoping to do the same against the number one seed in the Western Conference.

If they manage to win all three of their games at home, like they did against OKC, they'll secure a spot in the conference finals.

The Jazz can never be counted out and displayed their grit and resilience once again with an upset at the Toyota Center.

Joe Ingles was the star of the show as he dropped a career-high 27 points and hit 7-of-9 three-pointers.

Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets - Game One

The game, however, is likely to be remembered for a sensational highlight play by rookie Donovan Mitchell.

With his team up by four late in the fourth quarter, Mitchell drove into the lane and attempted a floater which bounced back off the rim.

But the 21-year-old got the rebound on his miss and threw down a vicious one-handed putback dunk in traffic, posterising multiple Rockets players in the process.

"To be honest with you, I was just trying to shoot a floater and grab a rebound, but I just happened to be up there," Mitchell said after the game, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "So I figured, why not come down with it?"

Plays like this show why he was crowned as this year's Slam Dunk Contest champion and the youngster described it as one of his best of the season due to the moment.

"That was my first one really on [national] TV," Mitchell said. "I had a few like that, but that was pretty cool in the playoffs to be able to do that."

The dunk also came at a crucial stage in the game as it pushed their lead up to six with 6:11 remaining in the final period.

Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets - Game Two

The shooting guard didn't enjoy the best of nights offensively as he shot just 6-of-21 from the field but he still managed to finish with a double-double of 17 points and 11 assists.

His 11 dimes set a historic mark as he broke John Stockton's playoff franchise record.

The absence of point guard Ricky Rubio put more onus on Mitchell to take on ball-handling responsibilities and make plays for his teammates which he did impressively.

With the series now levelled up, it puts the Jazz in a great position as they head back to Salt Lake City where they're a difficult team to beat in front of their hostile crowd.

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