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Podcast: Harden powers Rockets past Utah in Game 1 and a check-in on Russell Westbrook

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Podcast: Harden powers Rockets past Utah in Game 1 and a check-in on Russell Westbrook

Dave Hardisty and MK Bower discuss the Rockets 110-96 Game 1 win over the Utah Jazz and much more.

So much for the team slumping in Game 1.

Unlike the case in the Minnesota series, the Rockets came out firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon, blasting the Utah Jazz to take a 25-point advantage into the locker room at halftime before coasting to the 110-96 home win. Houston now leads the series 1-0 over Utah, with Game 2 at Toyota Center on Wednesday.

MK Bower joins Dave Hardisty for the post-game podcast from Toyota Center to discuss what went right, James Harden’s big game, the diminished impact of Rudy Gobert and adjustments for Game 2. The pair also revisits the MVP debate of 2017 between Harden and Russell Westbrook and the still-alive idea of LeBron James joining Harden and Chris Paul in Houston next season.

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