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The Houston Rockets look to take a 2-0 series lead against Utah Jazz on Wednesday night after defeating the Jazz 110-96 in Game 1. They were led by superstar James Harden who had a game high 41 points. He got up and down the floor and danced his way to any shot he liked and there wasn’t much the Jazz were able to do about it. The Rockets as a team made 17 three’s and Harden made seven of them by himself.
Chris Paul was able to get good looks as well and was effective in picking his spots scoring 17 points on 7-14. They only got 13 points from their bench but were good enough to help them secure the win in Game 1. Clint Capela who is amongst the Most Improved this year had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds
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The Jazz were led by their rookie guard once again Donovan Mitchell who didn’t have a great shooting night going 9-22 but did finish with 21 points and shot only 1-7 from three. He had one day to prepare for the potential MVP in Harden and a future Hall of Famer in Paul after a long six games against last year’s MVP in Russell Westbrook. So the two days off in between games 1 and 2 should help the rookie get his legs back under him.
The Jazz will have their hands full with the team with the best record in the regular season. They have to find ways to help Mitchell and get the ball out of the hands of Harden if they want a chance to go back to Salt Lake City tied a game a piece.
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