Harden goes for 37 in Rockets' rout

  • Harden goes for 37 in Rockets' rout

Harden goes for 37 in Rockets' rout

It wasn't a between-quarters event sponsored by the American Egg Board, though.

In what felt like a 20-point rout that was never more than a few possessions from happening, the Clippers shrugged off the hot-shooting Utah Jazz for a crucial 99-91 win, evening the first round series at one victory apiece.

The Utah Jazz were one of three road teams to steal Game 1 this past weekend in the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are in the middle of the playoff hunt to try to turn around the team's post-season fate. "The series doesn't start until somebody loses at home", guard Chris Paul told reporters after producing 25 points and 11 assists.

So far in two playoff games, Mbah a Moute has helped hold Hayward to 39 points on 36.4 percent from the field.

And yet a subtle issue developing in the West's 4-5 matchup is that "small ball" is a moniker ill-fitted for what the Jazz have been forced to employ. The NBA Playoff Odds for the game have the Clippers favored to pick up the win. And the way the Clippers dominated in the paint has to give their opponent a sense of nervousness despite coming home.

The Clippers' "Big 3" of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will look to take advantage of Gobert's absence. "It was a point of emphasis". The shot missed long, finding an area of the floor the Jazz players didn't occupy. I thought tonight what made the difference is defensively. Coach Doc Rivers always makes sure his team is. Favors finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 32 minutes while Johnson was the team's top scorer with 21 points on 9-of-14. Jamal Crawford closed out the game in JJ's place, but despite the handful of his trademark spectacular shots, he was a detriment at both ends. It remains a challenge against a loaded and motivated Clippers squad, but the Jazz can advance to the second round simply by winning three in a row at home. "We were not helping off [Redick and Crawford]". And I think that's such an easy opinion.

"It's harder because Utah is a great defensive team to begin with, so scoring is going to be at a premium for any team". I think there's an awareness that our guys have.

"Especially there in the first quarter, it seemed like (Jordan) got a lot of easy stuff right there at the rim, easy dunks, lobs, and some of that's what they do". They're going to be loud. He will not play in Game 2. It led to a win, but it was the smallest margin of victory over the Jazz out of the four wins this season.

The Jazz struggled to find any early offensive rhythm, and Utah was only saved by the three-point shot.

And as Hayward pointed out, the Clippers will need to be better after the energy of the opening tip-off fades.

In the second quarter the Jazz settled into their offense with a more aggressive balanced attack that had Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood working their way into the paint for some floaters. The Clippers have still won and covered in five of their last seven meetings with the Jazz.