Published: Tue, April 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 3 win

Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 3 win

The Houston Rockets hung on to beat the Utah Jazz on Saturday night 104-101, but the win was nearly in spite of James Harden, who had one of his most ignominious performances in a Rockets uniform.

Although Utah was in front for the majority of the night, the game was decided in the final seconds.

When a team's best player starts a game missing his first 15 shots, said team is supposed to lose.

Utah had a shot to tie the game late when Donovan Mitchell had an open three-point attempt with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in the game, but Mitchell missed and Houston went on to win 104-101.

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A return to form certainly wouldn't help the Jazz stay alive when the two Western Conference teams meet Monday night in Salt Lake City. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+. The Utah Jazz are shooting 25.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. Capela went 1-5 from the line, and then also had two terrible outlet passes which were easily picked off. Kenneth Faried was little better, as he strangely bobbled the ball multiple times which gave the Jazz more possessions and played execrable pick and roll defense.

Harden went 0-of-14 from the field through the first three quarters. Derrick Favors had 13 for the Jazz. In fact, the Jazz led most of the game, but never by more than eight. Mitchell threw down a hammer dunk and converted a 4-point play on back-to-back possessions to lead the charge. The Rockets, slack in spells, made their move in the fourth quarter.

Rockets and Jazz was expected to be closer because of a lot of reasons, none of which have panned out. 'I can't miss 16 shots (after the first quarter). But then he made a step-back three-pointer to give Houston its largest lead at 89-83. Rudy Gobert set a playoff career high with seven blocks.

Normally in the National Basketball Association when a team shoots a better percentage than its opponent, as the Jazz did in Game 3, it wins.

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