Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets, Game 1: Don't count the Jazz out

Joe Ingles has regularly played more minutes per game this season than any other Utah Jazz playerMore

Joe Ingles has regularly played more minutes per game this season than any other Utah Jazz playerMore

James Harden dominated with with 41 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Chris Paul added 17 points and six assists.

The Utah Jazz were rocked in the first half of game one, but they actually outscored the Rockets in the third and fourth quarter while shooting 50 percent from the field for the game.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.

Both the Rockets and the fifth-seeded Jazz are in the semifinals for the second straight year.

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While the Jazz cut the lead to just 13 points with just more than three minutes left in the game, Harden's 13 points in the final 12 minutes kept Utah at bay.

The Jazz, who are leading their series 3-2, were unable to close it out as the Thunder avoided elimination with a 107-99 victory.

"We've still got to go out and compete and try to make it hard on him and hopefully guard him, but I don't think there's any mystery to what a good player he is".

Mitchell averaged 28.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting in Utah's series with the Thunder.

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Sure, the Rockets' regular-season sweep of the Jazz occurred before Utah's astounding turnaround, but Harden's numbers from those meetings still jump off the stat sheet.

The Rockets stabilized, and although Utah continued to play better in the fourth quarter the visiting Jazz just couldn't overcome the lead Houston built in the first half.

If you're already counting the current Jazz crew out after a bad half against one of the best offenses the National Basketball Association has ever seen (the Jazz won the second half, by the way), Rudy has something to say to you. Needless to say, we expect Gordon to be better moving forward.

The rookie point guard for the Jazz is the truth. Like everyone else in the NBA, Snyder's task next time out will be to find a way to stop Houston from bombing away from deep like they did on Sunday afternoon. But in game one on Saturday, the Warriors romped, 123-101, with Kevin Durantand Klay Thompson scoring 26 and 27 points, respectively, and Draymond Greenproducing a triple-double that had him once again looking like the glue that's held this Warriors dynasty together.

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