The Houston Rockets came into their game against the Utah Jazz with a point to prove; that they're on par with the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls or even the Oklahoma City Thunder in that they can beat teams when they're down.
That's about what happened in this Houston-Utah first-half massacre.
With James Harden leading the onslaught, Houston took a 19-point lead into halftime and never really looked back.
Utah watched as the Rockets zoomed up and down the court, jammed the ball into the lane and then kicked it out to the three-point line, rebounded like crazy and got to the line.
The Jazz and their slow-footed offense, reeling defense and general sense of softness over the past two weeks were absolutely out-matched against a team that plays the perfect game to take them down.
Houston never trailed in this one, starting off the game with a few quick buckets, and the game was never closer than three points after halfway through the first quarter.
Once we got to the point where it was obvious that no Jazz run was coming with just a few minutes left in the third quarter, it was coasting the rest of the way.
Unfortunately, the coasting came as the Jazz were heating up, and they ran the game within six points late in the fourth quarter.
Free throws and a few lucky bounces helped Houston to the win, but they felt the heat in this 100-93 victory.