James Harden put on an MVP performance with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the host Houston Rockets to a second consecutive rout of the Utah Jazz 118-98 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Harden, who had his third career playoff triple-double, had 25 points by halftime in a game the Jazz were all but out of after the first two quarters.
"There's nothing anybody can say to get me going. I'm already going," Harden said. "I've been going like this for the last five years."
Game 3 is Saturday in Utah.
Harden controlled Wednesday's game from the start as the Rockets raced out to a 39-19 lead after a first quarter where he scored just two points fewer than the Jazz. Houston made six of 13 three-pointers in the quarter and Utah hit only one of its 14 tries. Houston didn't let up in the second quarter and had pushed its advantage to 70-44 at halftime.
Milwaukee 120, Detroit 99: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in a big third quarter and the host Bucks beat the Pistons to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. Milwaukee is trying win a playoff series for the first time since 2001.
Detroit star Blake Griffin sat out again because of a left knee injury, but received a technical for the second game in a row for arguing from the bench.
Boston 99, Indiana 91: Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the host Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Pacers to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Coming out of a timeout and with a chance to tie, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews threw an inbounds pass into the bench on the other side of the court with 12.1 seconds left. On the ensuing play, the Celtics' Al Horford passed to Jayson Tatum, who was fouled on a two-handed dunk. He completed the three-point play to make it 97-91 with 8.8 seconds left.
Cousins likely done
Center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason for Golden State yet won't require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr named Andrew Bogut as his starter at center for Game 3 Thursday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.