Houston Rockets Roll Over Jazz for Easy Win in Game One

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Paul almost averaged a triple-double with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists per game in the three games he played against the Jazz.

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

The Rockets had their way with the Jazz during the regular season in sweeping all four games by an average point differential of 17.5.

Today begins the first 2018 NBA Playoffs second round series as the Houston Rockets host the Utah Jazz. At no point did the Snyder's team unplug one of Houston's weapons - the best the Jazz could manage was to turn down the volume.

Anyone hoping for a competitive series between the Jazz and Rockets must have been pretty discouraged at the end of the first 24 minutes. Those are good signs if you're a Jazz fan, as it seems like they found their footing and got a little more comfortable once they realized they weren't playing Portland anymore. Game 1 against the Jazz was the Rockets' second best 3-point shooting night of the season, including the playoffs. Utah scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to get within 86-75, but Harden made three free throws over the next minute to end the run. After he snuffed a Jazz fast break with a steal, Harden scored eight points over a span of 2:09.

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"We had a comprehensive rest", added Harden, whose Rockets finished off the Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 on Wednesday, April 25.

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.

That was the most important stretch of Harden's masterpiece performance in the top-seeded Rockets' series-opening 110-96 victory. But this time they got off to a strong start and never slowed down.

By halftime, Mitchell had just 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting for the floor. But then I'll remind you what Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the game about two-time MVP Steph Curry's return from injury for game two: "He's going to play, barring a setback in the next couple of days".