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Rockets' James Harden dominates in first win over Jazz in round 2

James Harden scores 41 to make quick work of the Jazz, who were likely exhausted coming off an emotionally draining Game 6 win over Oklahoma less than 48 hours prior.


Kahron Spearman


James Harden totaled 41 points, pacing the Houston Rockets to an easy 110-96 win over a sluggish Utah Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. 

 

The rested Rockets were already up by 25 at the half, but the Jazz, who had only closed out their first-round series with the Thunder less than 48 hours before, struggled from the tip. 

[Harden is] a special player. It's hard to give credit to all the things that he does. He just impacts the game in so many mays. You have to try to make it harder for him.

Quin Synder
Head coach, Utah Jazz

Chris Paul had 17 points, and center Clint Capela had a double-double 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell and Jae Crowder both scored 21 points. The Jazz played without starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who's injured with a strained left hamstring. 

It was a notable loss given the steady point guard averaged 14 points, 7.3 rebounds, and seven assists in his breakout first round.

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