Rockets showcase what they must

Rockets showcase what they must

HOUSTON -- The desperate 36-footer by Donovan Mitchell sailed over the backboard, a miserable moment that epitomized the Utah Jazz's offensive woes in their 122-90 Game 1 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

The Rockets' aggressive defense had snuffed out every action the Jazz attempted on the possession, a theme throughout the night.

"Their physicality defensively disrupted us," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Editor's Picks Harden scores 29 as Rockets rout Jazz 122-90 in Game 1 James Harden had 29 points and 10 assists to help the Houston Rockets rout the Utah Jazz 122-90 on Sunday night in Game 1 of a best-of-five first-round playoff series.

With Eric Gordon as his primary defender, Utah go-to guy Donovan Mitchell had a particularly tough night, finishing with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting with no assists and five turnovers.

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