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Rockets up 3-0 despite Harden's 3-for-20

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) James Harden overcome a horrible shooting performance and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-101 win over the Utah Jazz for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Harden made a 3-pointer and added two free throws with 42.4 seconds left to give the Rockets a 101-97 lead. After Donovan Mitchell made two free throws, Harden missed another 3-point attempt, but P.J. Tucker, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made one of two free throws.

Mitchell had a wide-open look at a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but like so many of his shots in the hard-fought contest, it was off the mark.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 A. Drummond, Det15.6
2 J. Embiid, Phi13.6
3 D. Jordan, NY13.1
4 R. Gobert, Uta12.9
5 C. Capela, Hou12.7
6 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil12.5
7 K. Towns, Min12.4
8 N. Vucevic, Orl12.0
9 H. Whiteside, Mia11.3
10 R. Westbrook, OKC11.1
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 M. Turner, Ind2.69
2 M. Robinson, NY2.44
3 R. Gobert, Uta2.31
4 B. Lopez, Mil2.21
5 J. McGee, LAL1.97
6 J. Embiid, Phi1.91
7 H. Whiteside, Mia1.89
8 A. Drummond, Det1.75
9 K. Towns, Min1.62
10 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil1.53
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