Final Score: Jazz defeat Rockets, 118-91
After defeating the San Antonio Spurs at home, by as many as 34 points, the Utah Jazz hosted the Houston Rockets at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Rockets had good rest after their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and were looking to steal one game in Utah.
The Jazz started the game hot and clinched the first quarter, 27-18. However, the Rockets put up a tough fight in the second quarter and the Jazz were up 53-45 at the end of two quarters.
In the third quarter, Rockets got annihilated and the Jazz took it 38-11, thanks to monster performance from Derrick Favors. The Rockets could never recover later and the Jazz blew out the Rockets, 118-91. Let us take a look at three talking points from this matchup.
#3 James Harden struggled from the field
Stat line: 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists on 31.3 % shooting
Even though the Rockets are struggling this season, James Harden has been great and putting up big numbers. Coming off a 29 points performance in a loss against the T-Wolves on the road, Harden struggled in this game and never looked comfortable.
He shot 5-for-16 from the field, with a field-goal of just 31.3 and was also lackluster from the three-point line as he went 2-for-8 from behind the arc.
He also had seven turnovers on the night and the Rockets suffered an embarrassing defeat. He had 15 points in the contest along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Rockets guard is averaging 29.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game this season but the team is currently at the 13th spot in West with a win-loss record of 11-13.