Sunday, April 22, 2007

Photo by: David J. Phillip
The Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 84-75 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Houston can't just rely on jump shots for them to win, and the Jazz will come up with a plan to defend those shots well. Utah came back after a 6-0 start and looked good in their attack. Utah missed a few easy shots which led to fast break points for the Rockets.

Tracy McGrady had just one point in the first half, but caught fire in the second with 16 in the third quarter and 23 points overall. Yao Ming got the ball early and finished with 28 points and 13 boards. Yao is a big part of the game plan for the Rockets to run the offense through him and get open shots for other players, or easy dunks for Yao.

Deron Williams did it all in this game with 15 points, 9 boards and 9 dimes. Williams had a huge game and if it continues like that in this series the Rockets will have to make defensive adjustments to stop his attack.