Williams scored 13 of his 25 points in the pivotal third quarter and added nine assists as the Jazz rolled to a 113-91 home victory over McGrady and the Houston Rockets, wrapping up their Western Conference series in six games.
Utah opened a 19-point second-quarter lead, then watched it nearly evaporate as McGrady sparked a comeback by Houston. He scored 16 of his 40 points in the period as the Rockets pulled within a point before settling for a 58-54 halftime deficit.
But McGrady - who fell to 0-7 in the first round in his otherwise illustrious career - was scoreless in the third period, when Williams took over. He made four 3-pointers to rebuild Utah's advantage to 77-59 with 4:35 to go, and the Jazz led by at least 16 points thereafter as they moved into the conference semifinals for the second straight year.
Luis Scola had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who again were hurt by the absence of Rafer Alston. The point guard missed the first two games - both home losses - with a hamstring injury and left Game 6 in the second quarter with an ankle sprain.
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