Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

The two best defensive teams in the National Basketball Association since the All-Star break would seem to make for a rather low-scoring playoff series. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, also at Toyota Center. "Love to find ways to get him more field goal attempts and have him impact with his scoring, but he is going to make the right read".

"That's what we have to do", said Rockets superstar James Harden, who had game highs of 29 points and 10 assists.

This may not have been Hakeem Olajuwon versus Patrick Ewing or David Robinson, but the Clint Capela-Rudy Gobert center matchup turned out to be a pretty good one.

Didn't matter much to Harden and the Rockets though. Houston is a 6.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 212.5 in the latest Jazz vs. Rockets odds, down sharply from an open of 219. Popovich greatness! This is a win that matters most on many different levels.

Eric Gordon (17), Danuel House (11), P.J. Tucker (11) and Kenneth Faried (11) led a crew of secondary and bench players who dominated the Jazz all night. The maturity of the players is important but there are other factors that may prove more important.

Houston blew a big lead at Oklahoma City in their season finale on Tuesday, which put them in the 4 seed in the West instead of potentially taking the 2 seed.

The Nuggets could only muster 20 points in the first quarter while shooting only 29 percent from the field and, to make matters worse, the Nuggets shot an terrible 1-9 from beyond the arc.

Amazon's Bezos, Walmart's Bartlett trade jabs over wage hike
Bezos said one "big winning bet" can cover the cost of the clunkers, and that calculus has been playing out at Amazon. The CEO said he believed the wage hike was good for business, saying the increase was "beyond competitive".

How to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1
You'll have six episodes to watch - with each episode longer than they've previously been , packed full of exciting content. You can watch Game of Thrones last season in Australia via Foxtel Now at A$25 per month (roughly translates INR 1,230).

76ers star (knee) 'questionable' for Game 2 vs. Nets
That was their most all season and tied a franchise playoff high also done on April 27, 1989, at Utah in the first round. DeMarre Carroll is a less fancy option compared to Caris LeVert but LeVert has a habit of blowing hot and cold.

It looked like a year when the Spurs wouldn't make the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference, but they won 48 games and are back.

Then, All-Star Jimmy Butler demanded a trade that torpedoed the Timberwolves, who fell to 36-46 and reverted to also-ran status while the Nuggets put together a 54-28 breakout for their first trip to the playoffs since George Karl was their coach. By early in the fourth quarter, the Rockets had played 10 players with four of the reserves playing 13 minutes or more.

Legacy Ladder: Finally, one of the most memorable topics about last night's game. Denver struggled all night to hit shots but heated up. Keeping him off his game will be critical to the entire series. Makes a lot of sense, for all the reasons we've already talked about. And Murray must play better down the stretch. "You can't mess with the game".

Houston's entire starting lineup had at least 10 points. If he does, that would force coach Quin Snyder to roll Donovan Mitchell over to point guard. The only problem is that Harden has seen it before and the Jazz don't have the individual defenders the Bucks do. He finished with 16 points and 5 assists. The Rockets' aggressive defense had snuffed out every action the Jazz attempted on the possession.

Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian.

The Jazz, who had the league's second-best defense during the regular season, allowed the Rockets to score 60 points in the paint and 22 points on their 19 turnovers.

Like this: