Shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc on 15 makes, the Rockets registered their second-biggest postseason win (32) in franchise history. The Utah Jazz are averaging 90 points on 39 percent shooting and allowing 122 points on 50.5 percent shooting. "We did a good job of just trying to mix it up on him". D'Antoni after the game said, "I thought we were a little careless". Just don't count the Rockets among them. "When we are aggressive as a team, our defense goes to another level", said forward P.J. Tucker. But an injury to Jazz star Donovan Mitchell likely prevented a longer series.
The San Antonio Spurs knew they needed to win at least one game in Denver if they were going to move on to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs, and they wasted no time in picking up that W with a Game One road victory.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.
DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and Derrick White had a key steal in the closing seconds in the San Antonio Spurs' 101-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.
"No assists. Five turnovers".
Houston had a 12-point lead entering the fourth quarter and an 8-0 spurt, with two 3-pointers from Danuel House, extended it to 95-75 with nine minutes remaining.
Utah is the 5 seed in the West and the Jazz have won eight of their last 10 to close the regular season while going 4-1 against the spread over their last five games.
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The Rockets led by 17 when Harden re-entered the game about a minute later. The Utah Jazz are shooting 25.9 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free throw line.
They had a few rim-shattering dunks and 3-point makes, proving to be a huge spark off the bench for the Rockets.
Utah cut into the lead a bit after that and trailed 83-71 after three. The Nuggets held San Antonio to 13 points in the third quarter but managed just 17 themselves.
With Saturday's 101-96 victory in Denver as San Antonio made its 22nd straight postseason appearance, the Spurs coach won his 1,413th game between the regular season and playoffs to become the winningest coach in National Basketball Association history. Jae Crowder was the only player to contribute more than five points while three players went scoreless. Utah's 19 turnovers (compared to 12 by Houston) and the Rockets' eight offensive rebounds contributed to that disparity. Hall of Famer and former Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon watched the game from a courtside seat.
The Spurs made 15 of 20 shots in the second quarter to build a 59-51 halftime lead.
Capela played despite dealing with an upper respiratory infection that kept him out of practice two days this week.
"It was hard", he said.