Rockets not stressed after their lead over the Jazz lessens ESPN blog

“James Harden scores 35 despite struggling in the first half, but Rudy Gobert’s double-double leads the Jazz to a 115-108 win. (0:55)
HOUSTON — The two leaders of the Houston Rockets had different expressions but the same answer when asked whether they are worried about the Utah Jazz.
James Harden, the MVP candidate, dismissed the notion with a shrug.
Patrick Beverley, the heart and soul of the team and a candidate for NBA all-defensive first team, was more quotable.
The Rockets lost to the Jazz in part because of their struggles from 3-point range. Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports
“No, hell no, you see what type of team we got,” Beverley said. “We’re a badass team, man. Just because we lose two that don’t mean nothing. A lot of teams are scared of us and ain’t nothing changed with us. We still got the swag and we still got the confidence. Not to sound cocky, teams get afraid when we play them.”
Houston’s 115-108 loss to Utah on Wednesday night reduced its lead as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference to only three games over the Jazz with 17 to play.
The deficit seems small, and if Utah and Houston finish in a tie at the end of the regular season, the Jazz would win the tiebreaker after wi
ing two of the three games.”

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