Houston takes 1-0 lead into game 2 against Utah
By The Associated Press
Utah Jazz (50-32, fifth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Houston Rockets (53-29, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season)
Houston; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Houston leads series 1-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Rockets host the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Rockets won the last meeting 122-90. James Harden scored 29 points to help lead Houston to the victory and Rudy Gobert recorded 22 points in the loss for Utah.
The Rockets have gone 32-20 against Western Conference teams. Houston averages 42.1 rebounds per game and is 25-2 when out-rebounding opponents.
The Jazz have gone 30-22 against Western Conference opponents. Utah is fourth in the NBA allowing 106.5 points and holding opponents to 45.2 percent shooting.
TOP PERFORMERS: Harden leads the Rockets averaging five made 3-pointers and scoring 36.1 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. Clint Capela has averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 67.8 percent over the last 10 games for Houston.
Gobert leads the Jazz with 13 rebounds and averages 15.9 points. Joe Ingles has averaged three made 3-pointers and scored 14.2 points over the last 10 games for Utah.
LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 7-3, averaging 119.4 points, 48 rebounds, 29 assists, seven steals and six blocks per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106 points on 44 percent shooting.
Rockets: 8-2, averaging 119.4 points, 46 rebounds, 22 assists, eight steals and four blocks per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.5 points on 44 percent shooting.
Rockets Injuries: None listed.
Jazz Injuries: Kyle Korver: day to day (knee), Raul Neto: day to day (left ankle soreness), Dante Exum: out (right knee pain), Ricky Rubio: day to day (left quad contusion).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
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