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James Harden leads Rockets to rout of Jazz

09 May 2018

That, and solid defence that included Green's block of Rondo's layup, helped Golden State open up a 10-point lead before the game was four minutes old.

With last night's win in Utah, the Rockets have secured a commanding 3-1 lead in the series as the two teams head back to Houston for Game 5 tomorrow night.

Eric Gordon pushes the tempo and tacks on two more points as the Rockets take a huge lead early. He committed just one turnover on his 33rd birthday. Joe Ingles dropped a National Basketball Association playoff-career high 27 points on seven threes, while Rudy Gobert chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds to steal the win from the Rockets on Game 2. James Harden had a somewhat unimpressive line of 24 points on 8-of-22 shooting (1-of-7 on 3-pointers) with three assists.

"To be honest I was just trying to shoot a floater and grab a rebound, but I was up there so I figured why come down with it", Mitchell said. Rubio has not played thus far in this series and barring game 2, when Donovan Mitchell had the lion's share of playmaking responsibilities, the Jazz have been visibly affected on both ends of the floor by Rubio's injury-enforced absence. After a 3-pointer from Utah's Joe Ingles in the game's opening seconds, the Rockets responded with a 19-2 run.

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Rockets swingman Gerald Green, speaking of Paul, said Sunday night, "Those type of things you don't want to remember about; you want to keep a positive mindset so you can keep it moving forward".

From inside their cake-spattered locker room came words of confidence, focus and a firm belief that there is no chance the Rockets will squander this 3-1 lead. "Sh- went bad real quick". It is what it is. Capela is not going to post him up, or try to get to the rim through him. He doesn't expect to see anything different out of him on Tuesday despite having the opportunity to finally shed the label that he can't get out of the second round. Chris Paul is familiar with 3-1 leads. "We went on runs, but the few times we did, we couldn't sustain it". But it took Mitchell 24 shots to get there in a night where he has nearly as many fouls (six) as field goal makes (eight).

I'm still saying that taking the Los Angeles Lakers to six games in the West semis (almost forcing overtime in Game 6) distinguishes the 2008 team as the franchise's best postseason performer in the past 20 years, although the latest effort comes close.

But Ingles went cold, missing his next six shots.

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The Pelicans' Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds. They cut the lead to five with five minutes left in the game, but couldn't get any closer. "They weren't good looks and I can't do that".

The broadcast crew originally thought a fan - who later turned out to be C.J. - was having some kind of altercation with Chris.

While Paul and James Harden have deservedly been credited for Houston's strong season in which they won an NBA-best 65 games, Capela has emerged as a third, less-heralded star and the centrepiece of a defence that finished fifth in defensive rating with 103.8 points allowed per 100 possessions.

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James Harden leads Rockets to rout of Jazz