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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON — The Utah Jazz got down big early and battled back but couldn’t overtake the Houston Rockets on Monday night, ultimately falling 102-97.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

— Rockets star guard James Harden was phenomenal, finishing with 47 points on 14-of-31 shooting, including Houston’s final eight points after the Jazz tied the game at 94 with 1:59 remaining.

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— The Jazz were very good defensively for the most part, although they couldn’t put things together on both ends of the floor until the fourth quarter. They scored just 37 points in the first half and then put up 36 in the third quarter alone but gave up 33. Utah outscored Houston 24-19 in the final frame.

— Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 23 points, although he only had four in the first half.

Next 3

Wednesday, Dec. 19, vs. Golden State (20-10), 7 p.m. MST

Friday, Dec. 21 at Portland (16-13), 8 p.m. MST

Saturday, Dec. 22 vs. Oklahoma City (19-10), 7 p.m. MST