The Utah Jazz were run off the floor Sunday night by the Houston Rockets, and the blowout wasn’t solely the result of a miserable fourth quarter where the Jazz were outscored 39-19.
They were outmatched from the opening tip.
The Jazz took a radical approach to defending last year’s MVP James Harden in Game 1 and stationed his primary defender on his left hip to take away his left hand and nearly unguardable step back 3-point jump shot.
In that sense, the Jazz succeeded; Harden rarely got to his left hand and his step back three wasn’t a mainstay of the Rockets offense. But Harden still led all scorers in the game and finished with 29 points. He added 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win.
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