HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 29 factors and 10 assists to assist the Houston Rockets rout the Utah Jazz 122-90 on Sunday night time in Sport 1 of a best-of-seven first-round playoff collection.

The Rockets had a double-digit lead for a lot of the sport, however the Jazz obtained inside 5 factors halfway via the third quarter earlier than Houston used a giant run to tug away and sail to the victory.

It is the second consecutive 12 months these groups have met within the postseason after the Rockets eradicated Utah in 5 video games within the second spherical final season.

Sport 2 is Wednesday night time in Houston.

Houston was up by 15 within the fourth quarter earlier than Harden, who had eight rebounds, scored six factors in a 9-2 run that stretched the result in 108-86 with 4 minutes left and each groups cleared their benches a couple of minute after that.

Houston’s beginning lineup helped carry the scoring load on Sunday night time, with every starter scoring no less than 10 factors. Eric Gordon had 17, Clint Capela scored 16, Chris Paul added 14 and P.J. Tucker had 11.

Rudy Gobert had 22 factors and 12 rebounds to steer the Jazz after not scoring greater than 15 factors in a sport within the playoff collection in opposition to the Rockets final season. Donovan Mitchell had 19 factors, however didn’t have an help because the Jazz went lengthy stretches with out scoring.

Ricky Rubio began after lacking 4 of the final 5 video games of the common season with a quadriceps damage. Rubio, who completed with 15 factors, did not play in opposition to Houston within the playoffs final season after injuring his hamstring in a first-round collection win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.

Houston had a 12-point lead coming into the fourth quarter and an Eight-Zero spurt, with two Three-pointers from Danuel Home, prolonged it to 95-75 with 9 minutes remaining.

The Rockets led by 17 when Harden re-entered the sport a couple of minute later. Quickly after he returned he discovered Home behind the Three-point line within the nook and drove to the basket and completed with a one-handed slam.

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The Rockets have been up by 15 at halftime, however Utah opened the second half with a 10-Three run, with six factors from Gobert, to chop it to 62-54 with 9 minutes left within the third.

The Jazz obtained inside 5 with a shot from Mitchell later within the third, earlier than the Rockets scored subsequent 10 factors, with a Three from Gordon and a three-point play from Harden, to make it 76-61 with about 4 minutes left within the quarter.

Mitchell ended a Utah scoring drought of about four ½ minutes after that with a Three-pointer, however Harden hit a Three seconds later to go away the Rockets up 79-64.

Utah lower into the lead a bit after that and trailed 83-71 after three.


Jazz: Derrick Favors had 13 factors. … Utah went 7 for 27 on 3s. … The Jazz had 18 turnovers. … Jae Crowder scored 9 factors off the bench.

Rockets: Coach Mike D’Antoni was again on the sideline after lacking Houston’s final three regular-season video games with an intestinal virus. … Corridor of Famer and former Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon watched the sport from a courtside seat. … Houston made 15 Three-pointers, led by 4 from Harden.


After Sport 2 on Wednesday the collection strikes to Utah for Sport Three on Saturday and Sport four on April 22.


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