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Harden has triple-double, Rockets kick Jazz 117-91

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden and a Houston Rockets won’t take prolonged to applaud winning their initial multiplication pretension given 1994 and clinching a No. 2 seed in a Western Conference.

They’ll shortly be looking forward after losing in a initial turn of a playoffs a final dual seasons.

”It’s a good fulfilment for us,” Harden said. ”We’re unequivocally unapproachable of that. We’re going to let it kind of penetrate in tonight, lay behind and simulate on a good deteriorate we’ve had and get prepared for this postseason.”

Harden had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in only 3 buliding for his fourth triple-double of a deteriorate and a Rockets never trailed in a 117-91 feat over a Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in a regular-season finale.

The win alone didn’t bind a second seed or a Southwest Division title. They indispensable San Antonio to remove to New Orleans, too, that a Spurs did a few mins after Houston’s diversion ended. The Rockets will face No. 7 seed Dallas in a initial turn of a playoffs.

The Rockets finished 56-26, that is a third-best record in authorization history.

”We wish to win a championship and that’s a goal,” Dwight Howard said. ”You can have a good unchanging deteriorate though a many critical thing is what we do in a playoffs.”

Harden had a many triple-doubles in a deteriorate for Houston given Hakeem Olajuwon also had 4 in 1989-90.

The Rockets were adult by 11 after one and used a 34-point second entertain to build a 30-point lead by halftime and a Jazz didn’t bluster after that.

”We came out and had good juice,” manager Kevin McHale said. ”We had a good second entertain and unequivocally got out regulating and got some stops.”

Bryce Cotton had 14 points for a Jazz.

”They were only improved than us,” Jazz manager Quin Snyder said. ”They only outplayed us and there’s no contrition in that for a group.”

Howard scored 14 points for Houston in a small some-more than 21 minutes. Coach Kevin McHale had designed to pull Howard’s mins to about 30, though didn’t need to with a diversion good in palm early. Howard’s mins have been singular given he returned from a two-month deficiency with flourishing in his right knee.

Terrence Jones had 15 points, Corey Brewer had 14 and Josh Smith 13 for a Rockets. Smith and Jones had 3 blocks any to assistance Houston tie a deteriorate high with 13.

The Rockets done 12 3-pointers for their 56th games with during slightest 10 3s to extend an NBA record.

Houston was adult by 30 during halftime and didn’t let adult in a third quarter. A putback by Rudy Gobert with about 7 1/2 mins left in a entertain cut a lead to 73-46 before a Rockets piled on some more, scoring a subsequent 9 points to make it 82-46 about 3 mins later.

A 3-pointer by Trey Burke after that finished a scoring drought of 3 mins for a Jazz, though a Rockets kept coming, regulating a 7-1 emanate to extend it to 89-50 with only over dual mins left in a third quarter.

Harden and a rest of Houston’s starters went to a dais shortly after that for good and Houston led 93-60 entering a fourth.

The Rockets already had a large lead with about 3 1/2 mins left in a initial half when they scored 15 true points to extend their advantage to 62-30. Terrence Jones, Jason Terry and Harden had 3-pointers in that camber and Utah missed 6 shots and had dual turnovers to assistance Houston pad a lead.

Houston led 65-35 during halftime.

The Rockets were adult 6 in a initial entertain when Terry stole a pass from Rodney Hood, took it down a justice and done a behind a behind pass to Trevor Ariza, who finished with a ambidextrous asperse to make it 23-15.

Josh Smith scored all of Houston’s points in a 5-2 run to finish a initial entertain and pull a lead to 31-20.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Trevor Booker missed a diversion with tendinitis in his right knee. … Gobert finished with 10 points.

Rockets: Rookie core Clint Capela had 8 points, 6 rebounds and dual blocks. … Howard had 8 rebounds.

QUOTABLE

Harden on if he should win joining MVP: ”I’m only happy we won. I’m only happy we put ourselves in a good (seed) for a playoffs. Obviously, it would be a good honor, though it’s bigger than that. It’s bigger than an particular endowment and I’m so unapproachable of my guys.”

UP NEXT

Jazz: End a deteriorate with a 38-44 record.

Rockets: Will face Dallas this weekend during home in a initial turn of a playoffs.

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