James Harden had a triple-double as the Rockets beat the Jazz 118-98 in Game 2. Harden had 32 points, 10 assists, and 13 rebounds as the Rockets took a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. P. J. Tucker, Chris Paul, and Eric Gordon also contributed for Houston on the night.
Houston took a 20-point lead after the first quarter, and the Jazz never really recovered from that. Ricky Rubio top-scored for Utah with 17 points, as Donovan Mitchell got just 11. Game 3 is in Utah on Sunday.
The Bucks also took a 2-0 lead, as they beat the Pistons 120-99. Giannis Anteokounmpo had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe scored 27 for Milwaukee. A big 35-17 third quarter in the favour of the Bucks was enough to seal the win. Blake Griffin is still out for Detroit, and Luke Kennard had 19 points for them.
Kyrie Irving had 37 points as the Celtics staged a comeback to beat the Pacers 99-91. Indiana capitulated in the fourth quarter, scoring just 12 points as the Celtics erased the deficit. Jayson Tatum added 26 for Boston, who lead the series 2-0. Bojan Bogdanovic top-scored for the Pacers with 23 points. Game 3 is in Indiana on Saturday.
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