Rockets Win Game 3 vs. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz Despite James Harden’s Struggles

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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The Houston Rockets overcame a historically rough shooting night by James Harden to grab a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Utah Jazz with a 104-101 victory in Game 3 on Saturday.

Harden (22 points and 10 assists) managed a double-double despite missing his first 15 shot attempts on the night. Chris Paul contributed 18 points to the cause.

Donovan Mitchell had 34 points in a losing effort for the Jazz.

Rockets’ Supporting Cast Proves Value Through Harden’s Struggles

Harden played a key role in helping Houston cruise to a 2-0 series lead, but as he endured one of his toughest shooting nights, it was his supporting cast that showed its worth.

The reigning league MVP entered the game averaging 30.5 points on 44 percent shooting through the first two games. He couldn’t buy a basket in the first half of Game 3, though, as he went 0-of-10 from the field and 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.

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