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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) battles to get up a shot with Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14), Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) and Houston Rockets forward Kenneth Faried (35) defending as the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets play in game 2 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

The Houston Rockets led the Utah Jazz wire-to-wire en route to the blowout win in Game 2 of the teams' first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Rockets took a 2-0 series lead as the teams now head to Salt Lake City for the next two contests.

Here are three takeaways from Wednesday's game.

  • The Jazz were awful from behind the 3-point line. They finished just 8-of-38 from deep for 21 percent. Many of those tries were wide open. The Rockets, on the other hand, went 17-of-42 from behind the 3-point line (41 percent).
  • Utah once again had no answer for Houston star James Harden. He tallied a triple-double with 32 points on 11-of-24 shooting with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Jazz star Donovan Mitchell struggled offensively, finishing with just 11 points on 5-of-19 from the field.
  • Rockets center Clint Capela was a major force at the rim, and finished with three blocked shots to go along with 10 rebounds and seven points. Utah center Rudy Gobert had no blocks and finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Up next: Game 3, Saturday, April 20, 8:30 p.m. MT, Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City

Here is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Wednesday's game.


The Jazz finally won a quarter, besting the Rockets 31-23. While it was much too little too late, it did make the final score more respectable.


The Jazz once again cut a big deficit into a slightly less embarrassing one in the third quarter only to see the Rockets finish the frame strong.

Utah was down 17 with 4:15 left in the third after trailing by 26 at halftime, but Houston closed on a 12-1 run to take a 28-point advantage into the fourth quarter.


The Jazz cut a 20-point deficit at the end of the first quarter to 14 a few minutes into the second, but the Rockets quickly got the lead back up to 21, and they lead by 26 at halftime, 70-44.

Houston is shooting 50 percent from behind the 3-point line, while Utah is shooting just 18 percent. The Rockets have scored 15 points off nine Jazz turnovers, while Utah has scored eight off six Houston giveaways.

James Harden has 25 points at the break for the Rockets on just 15 shot attempts. Royce O'Neale leads the Jazz with 10 points.


The Houston Rockets jumped out to a 12-4 lead early and lead the Utah Jazz 39-19 at the end of the first quarter of Game 2 of the teams' first-round series.

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The Jazz committed four turnovers in the first four minutes (six for the quarter), and the Rockets capitalized, scoring 10 points. With the score 18-9 after the teams traded some baskets, Houston went on a 9-0 run to extend its lead to 27-9. The advantage grew to as many as 20 in the quarter.

The Rockets are 6-of-13 from behind the 3-point line while Utah is an atrocious 1-of-14. James Harden lit the Jazz up for 17 points. Utah guard Donovan Mitchell picked up his second foul at the 5:55 mark of the frame and scored just four points.