Harden scores 29 as Rockets rout Jazz 122-90 in Game 1

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Published 12:08 a.m. ET April 15, 2019 | Updated 1:34 a.m. ET April 15, 2019

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SportsPulse: While the first day of the NBA playoffs saw plenty of upsets, day two was having none of that. USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt breaks it down.
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Utah Jazz tried to force the left-handed James Harden to his right to make things more difficult on him on Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Didn’t matter much to Harden and the Rockets though. He still led the team in scoring and helped facilitate solid offensive nights from everyone else in the starting lineup in the lopsided win.

Harden had 29 points and 10 assists to help the Rockets rout the Jazz 122-90 in the opener of the best-of-seven series.

Houston’s entire starting lineup had at least 10 points. Eric Gordon had 17, Clint Capela scored 16, Chris Paul added 14 and P.J. Tucker had 11.

“They throw something at him and they might get him a little bit and he figures it out and they don’t get him anymore,” coach Mike D’Antoni said about the defensive strategy on Harden. “He’s so good offensively it makes me laugh. He’s just so good I don’t know…

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