The Houston Rockets picked up where they left off this past Sunday defeating the Utah Jazz 110-96 in game one of the second round.
Leading the series 1-0, James Harden continued his MVP season performance putting up 41 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Rockets started the first half strong, putting up the first five points of the game. They had a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter and pushing it to an overwhelming 25-point game by halftime. The “Point God” Chris Paul added 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists, with Capela putting up 16 points and 12 rebounds on the board.
The Utah Jazz had 18 turnovers in the game and shot just 32% from the 3-point line. The explosive rookie from Louisville, Donovan Mitchell, put up 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Rookie of the Year candidate has been putting on a show since his first round battle with Russell Westbrook. The Jazz are playing without point guard Rick Rubio, who will be out for at least ten days due to a hamstring injury. Rubio was a key factor in their win over Oklahoma, averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game during the series.
The Rockets look to push their lead 2-0 this Wednesday at 7:00 PM on TNT.