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Rockets win Game 1 over the Jazz in blowout fashion

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 29: James Harden
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 29: James Harden

The Rockets won the first game of the series against the Jazz handily this Sunday afternoon.

The Houston Rockets now lead the series against the Jazz 1-0 after handing them a loss today 110-98.

The Rockets dominated most of the game and even led by 30 at one point in it. The Jazz had a good second half that saw them cut the lead to as low as 11, but ultimately, the Rockets prevailed.

As a team, the Rockets shot a ridiculous 17-32 from deep, good for 53.1%. Everything was going well offensively for the team.

Let’s look at some stats:

Key Stats

James Harden: 41 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists,

Chris Paul: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals

Clint Capela: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

P.J. Tucker: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3/5 from 3

How the Rockets won

James Harden destroyed the Jazz tonight, plain and simple. He had his second 40-point game of this year’s playoffs and was tough to handle all night. He hit 7 of his 12 attempts from 3 and was unguardable.

A big reason why the Rockets won was because of Clint Capela. He, once again, outplayed a top center in the league in Rudy Gobert.

Chris Paul was a huge contributor to the big first-half lead. While he wasn’t as active in the second half, he still finished with a solid performance in Game 1.

P.J. Tucker has been shooting lights out from 3. His shooting has spread the floor so much for the Rockets and created some serious issues for the Jazz today.

Without Ricky Rubio, it’s going to be really tough for the Jazz to score the basketball consistently. Donovan Mitchell shot just 1-7 from deep today and 9-22 overall as the lead runner of the offense.

Luc Mbah a Moute returned today as well. He played 20 minutes and even hit a 3 before the end of the first quarter. He didn’t shoot well at all, but it was nice to see him back in action.

Game 2 is on Wednesday night! Be sure to tune into TNT at 7:00!

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