Rockets win 3rd straight, 97-82 over Jazz; Harden has 30

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets are starting to jelly after a severe widen when new players were perplexing to find their place.

James Harden had 30 points and 5 assists to lead a Rockets to their third true victory, 97-82 over a Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

“We’re throwing a rhythm,” Harden said. “Defensively, we demeanour flattering solid. Offensively, we were pity a basketball, and guys were scoring. It’s a riot out there.”

Harden, a league’s personality in points per game, had his 15th 30-point game.

After appropriation Corey Brewer and Josh Smith within a week around Christmas, a Rockets mislaid 5 of seven. With their roles now clearly defined, things demeanour earnest in Houston.

“We had tools in a diversion where we changed a round very, unequivocally well,” Rockets manager Kevin McHale said. “We played in spurts all night long. We don’t wish to do that, we wish to be a small bit better.”

Harden done 4 of Houston’s 13 3-pointers, including dual in a fourth quarter, to say a vast lead built during a turnover-filled third entertain for Utah.

Houston used 16 steals and forced 31 turnovers to overcome bad first-half shooting.

Trey Burke and Enes Kanter both scored 16 for Utah, and Derrick Favors had 15 points in only 17 minutes.

Gordon Hayward, who leads a Jazz with 19.1 points per game, was hold to only nine, as he was blanketed by Harden for most of his 30 minutes.

The Rockets struggled to find their shots early. They arrange initial in 3-pointers made, though missed 10 of their initial 13 attempts. In a third quarter, however, Houston exhilarated up, attack 4 true 3s during one widen and 5 of 8 to lift away.

After a diversion was tied during 23 to finish a initial quarter, Houston’s invulnerability clamped down in a second, forcing 10 of Utah’s 18 first-half turnovers in a frame.

The struggling Jazz strike their deteriorate high in turnovers mid by a third.

After winning 5 of their final 7 games to tighten out a final dual weeks of 2014, a Jazz have mislaid 4 of 6 to start 2015.

Utah manager Quin Snyder pronounced a turnovers were some-more a reverence to Houston’s length and character of invulnerability than shortcomings for a Jazz.

“They’re long, they’re quick, and they have Dwight Howard behind there, safeguarding a edge so they can be even some-more aggressive,” Snyder said. “That’s because they’re one of a tip defensive teams in a league.”

Howard was hold to only 8 points and 8 play in 36 minutes.

The Jazz scored a season-low 14 points in a second quarter, and a Rockets led 46-37 during a half.

Behind Harden’s performance, Donatas Motiejunas had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Trevor Ariza, Smith and Patrick Beverley any had 10 points.

“We’re only perplexing to be a detonate of energy,” Smith pronounced of a maestro depth. “Whenever we see a starters not unequivocally removing off to a good start, we try to be that appetite and that eager organisation to come out and get it going.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: C Enes Kanter returned after a four-game deficiency after pang a right ankle twist on Jan. 2. Kanter scored 16 points and combined 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. … C Rudy Gobert, who entered a diversion averaging a league-leading 5.0 blocks per diversion given Jan. 1, had 3 blocks, including dual opposite Josh Smith.

Rockets: F Trevor Ariza available his 12th diversion of 3-plus steals, that is tied for a third top in a league. He finished with a game-high five. … After creation only 3 giveaway throws in a detriment Wednesday during a Bulls, who done 27, a Rockets strike 18 to Utah’s 19. Houston softened to 10-9 when a competition hits some-more from a stripe. The Rockets are 15-1 when they make some-more giveaway throws.

HEAVILY FATIGUED

Only dual Utah starters played 30 mins in a game, and Snyder pronounced tired was a complicated factor.

UP NEXT

Utah earnings home on Tuesday to face a tarnishing Warriors group that has won 6 straight.

Rockets transport to Brooklyn to face a Nets on Monday.

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