PJ Tucker says no team can beat Rockets ‘when we do what we do’
PJ Tucker expressed supreme confidence after grabbing a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, following a 118-98 Game 2 win on Wednesday.
The Houston Rockets haven’t been short of confidence this season after digging themselves out of the 14th spot in the West, and Tucker has been one of the players spearheading the charge:
“When we do what we do, I don’t think anybody can beat us,” said Tucker. “That’s a fact. I don’t care. We come out every night, we talk, we communicate and when our two guys get going and are aggressive. We’re tough.”
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The Rockets led wire-to-wire and even led by 26 points at the half, taking a 70-44 lead into the third quarter.
The Jazz have had no answer for Houston so far, but neither has the rest of the NBA, as they have now won 22 of their last 27 games since the All-Star break — the best mark in the league.
Houston finally has all its horses healthy and playing in a nice groove. James Harden dropped a 32-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist triple-double, while Eric Gordon, Chris Paul and PJ Tucker all scored in double figures to lead out an even attack.
The Jazz didn’t help themselves by shooting under 40% for the game, including a putrid 8-of-38 from beyond the arc — a mark that won’t help them against a high-octane team like the Rockets, who feast on opponents from the 3-point line.