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Houston Rockets: 3 lessons from the matchup with the Utah Jazz

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Chris Paul, James Harden
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The Houston Rockets defeated the Utah Jazz 112-101 on Thursday night in Salt Lake City. What are three things that we can takeaway from the game?

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The Houston Rockets (19-4) defeated the Utah Jazz (13-13) to win their eighth consecutive game.

The match started off in favor of the Jazz. The score was 36-36 with 3:57 left to go in the first half, and if the game remained at its current pace, Utah would have a chance to steal one against Houston. Then, Houston made back-to-back 3-pointers from Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson as the Rockets rattled off 15 points in four minutes to take a 51-46 lead into halftime.

Then, Houston went on a 23-7 run in the 3rd quarter where they led by as much as 25 points. Harden scored 12 of his 29 points in that third quarter run, and Utah never got seriously close after that.

The game really turned around when Houston was able to put consecutive stops together defensively, leading to easy transition buckets. Chris Paul knows that playing consistent defense leads to a great offense, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

“One thing about us, and I think coach would say, we just hoop. We play. Regardless of who you have out there, we know how we play. We’re going to play fast, put up 3s, get to the basket. We’re pretty good offensively. We’re just trying to stay consistent defensively. There’s no secret what we’re capable of offensively. As long as we get stops, we get a chance to show that.”

The Houston Rockets showed off just how dominant they can be in Utah on Thursday night. Lets start off our lessons with a Rockets duo that has been overlooked so far this season.

Next: Lesson No. 3