Not many defenses have been able to slow down James Harden this season. Thankfully for the Jazz, the flu did all the work for them. With their star hobbled by dehydration and flu-like symptoms, Houston was stomped by Utah in brutal fashion.
Less than 24 hours after a similar beat down at the hands of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and the Lakers, the Rockets felt the wrath of Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and the Jazz, falling 102-91 in Utah.
Rockets forward Patrick Patterson paced his team with a game-high 19 points, but 13 of them came in the first quarter. With Harden playing less than 18 minutes, Houston simply didn't pack enough of a scoring punch.