In Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets, the Rockets seized control in the second quarter and then dominated the fourth to come away with the 122-90 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

The Jazz struggled offensively for most of the night. Part of that had to do with good Houston defense, especially in the second half, but Utah shot just 39 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers.
In the first half, the Jazz tried to force Rockets star James Harden to drive to his right, but he got into the paint easily and was able to kick the ball out to wide open 3-point shooters. Utah made things tougher at times in the second half, but Houston shot 51 percent from the field, finished with 45 points from behind the 3-point line and 62 in the paint and tallied 25 assists.
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell struggled for much of the night. He scored 19 points, but shot just 7-of-18 from the field. Harden had 29.

Up next: Game 2, Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. MT.


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