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Rockets get the second seed with the Spurs loss- Rockets will face in-state rival Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.
Rockets switch the New Orleans-San Antonio game on to the big screen. Pels up 8 with 29 seconds left.
Rockets handle business, beat Utah, earn home court advantage for first round.
Harden had 16 points by the way.
Final in Houston: Rockets win 117-91 over Jazz, clinch homeport advantage.
FINAL: Rockets 117, Jazz 91. Rockets finish 56-26, their third-best season ever, and clinch home-court in the 1st round.
Rockets 117, Jazz 91. Rockets 56-26 regular-season third-best in franchise history.
Looks like the Pelicans will hold on. Lead by 7 with 56 seconds left.
This game is so bad, the scouts have left.
Pelicans hanging on, hanging on so far. Lead Spurs by 11 with under 5 minutes left.
James Harden will finish one three-pointer away from tying the franchise record for made triples in a season (Aaron Brooks, 209 in 2009-10).
Gregg Popovich can't resist hacking Rocket centers. He's putting Asik on the line intentionally every time down. 90-83 NO, 6:20 left.
Rockets, by the way, have all four rookies on the floor. Capela replaced Prigioni. Dorsey in at center to provide adult supervision.
Pels lead fading fast. Spurs within five.
Rockets fillling the floor with rookies. Papanikolaou, Johnson and McDaniels in, likely for the last time until Las Vegas.
The Spurs were down by 20+. They are now within five, 8:00 left in the game.
Spurs within 7 with 8 minutes left...
The Rockets lead, 98-68. The Jazz have never led.
Spurs refuse to go away, cut into the Pelicans lead to single digits.
Rockets up 93-60 after 3. Had led by 39. Pels, however, fading fast in New Orleans. Spurs within eight.
Unless the Rockets get outscored by 34 points in the fourth quarter, they can start prepping to host Game 1 this weekend.
Harden finished with a triple-double. 16 Pts, 11 Rebs., 10 assts,. Fourth time this season.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE for Harden: 16 pts, 11 reb, 10 asts. It's his 4th of the year, tying him with Hakeem Olajuwon for franchise high in a season.
Standing O with MVP chant as Harden leaves with 1:38 left in 3.
Nick Johnson in for James Harden who leaves to a standing ovation.
It's so bad here Joey Dorsey is about to check in and I doubt if Howard and Harden will play in the fourth.
Rockets are flat out taking care of their business tonight.
Harden has his triple double. Should be done for the night soon. Has 16p, 11r, 10a with 1:38 left in third, Rockets up 27.
Triple-double for Harden - 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
New Orleans is up by 11 points over the Spurs as the two teams head to the fourth quarter. You have to think it will be close in the end.
Grant Jerrett in for the Jazz, proving Grant Jerrett is not a NASCAR driver.
Harden closing in on a triple down, but with Rockets up 35 midway through third, he might not be getting much more time.
I don't think James Harden cares about the scoring title, so much.
Spurs back to within 12...
At halftime, the Jazz have one more point than Russell Westbrook has in the first half against the Timberwolves.
Rockets with 11 blocks. The season high is 13.
Rockets have not won a division championship since 1993-94. They remember that season fondly for other reasons.
Harden with 14, Smith has 13 and Brewer adds 10. Rockets shooting 51.1 percent.
Rockets 65, Jazz 35 at halftime. Pels up 16 on Spurs in New Orleans. Again, if Rockets win, Spurs lose, Rockets-Mavs in 1st round.
At the break the Rockets handling their business with a 65-35 lead over the Jazz.
I've heard many ask when was the last time the Rockets just blew out the opponent. They're up by 32, 1:29 left 2Q.
Rockets with 15 assists to five for the Jazz.
Every Rockets player that's played has a + something on the box score.
Rockets absolutely crushing Jazz. Have nine blocked shots with 2:41 left in half. Season high is 13. Lead 55-30.
After two blocks on the same possession, Corey Brewer gets a dunk and the Jazz need time. It's 55-30 at Toyota Center.
The Rockets are blocking EVERYTHING right now. They came to play tonight. 55-30 Houston!
The Rockets are playing like they want that 2-seed… and so far the Spurs are helping them out.
Houston with nine blocks this evening.
Pelicans up 18, 5:11 left in first half. Spurs pissed Russell Westbrook would not say he was a Spurs fan for the night.That'll teach him.
Rockets,looking like they'll finish regular season the way it began, blowing this one open early. Lead by 20.
No matter where Rockets end up tonight, the best playoff news they've gotten is that Dwight Howard looks absolutely terrific. 44-26 Rockets.
Make that 44-24, Josh Smith just hit a 3.
Rockets with their largest lead of the night, 41-24.
Jazz list Bryce Cotton at 6-1. Also, I'm at my high school weight.
Want to know why Jazz have been so good (besides defense, coaching and stuff) with nothing at stake? Gobert is absolutely fuming right now.
I know you guys care but I was told Clint Capela is the best Rockets player on FIFA 15. Trevor Ariza told me that today. Rockets up 37-22.
Rockets executing offensively phenomenally well against an outstanding D. But need their 3-pt touch (2 of 8 so far) going by the weekend.
Jazz shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. Derrick Favors leads with the Big Five Points.
Pelicans have jumped out to a 34-19 lead after one quarter against San Antonio.
Josh Smith with a long three. He was one of the first players on the floor before the game warming up. Taking plenty of three.
One of nice things about Harden's growth is that when he breaks ankles, as he just did, does not force shot for highlight. Willing to pass.
Trevor Booker (right knee) might not play tonight. He was scheduled to participate but ... hey it happens.
Jazz F Trevor Booker questionable to play with right knee tendinitis.
Terrence Jones has looked pretty active the last three games. Looks like he's found a groove since he's returned from a collapsed lung.
This Rudy Gobert kid is really going to be good.
Clint Capela getting some first quarter minutes. He did in Charlotte, too, when Howard was out.
Capela checks in for Howard. Hmmmm. I asked McHale about that. Said he is more comfortable w/ Capela's understanding of schemes, coverages.
Here comes Clint Capela... in the first quarter. Good sign.
Dwight Howard, who missed the last game vs Utah, is making all the difference early. 3-4 FG for 6 points, 3 reb and 2 blocks. 13-4 HOU.
We have six blocks in this game with 7:08 to play in the first quarter.
Interesting matchup Terry vs. Exum. Terry has socks older than the Jazz rookie point guard.
Terrence Jones just blocked the 7-1 Rudy Gobert, who blocked Dwight Howard earlier.