James Harden Puts on Show vs. Jazz: Highlights from Rockets G’s 41-Point Game 1

James Harden Puts on Show vs. Jazz: Highlights from Rockets G’s 41-Point Game 1

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The Utah Jazz owned one of the best defenses in the NBA during the regular season, but you wouldn’t have guessed it after James Harden‘s big day in a 110-96 win for the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Harden finished with 41 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He shot 12-of-26 from the field and 7-of-12 from beyond the arc.

The Jazz were without Ricky Rubio, which made life easier for Harden. The Jazz don’t have another guard who can handle Harden in one-on-one situations.

Granted, nobody has devised a plan to consistently stop Harden, but matching up Royce O’Neale or Jae Crowder against the presumptive MVP isn’t going to work out for Utah, which was evident Sunday.

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