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Rockets Hand Jazz Worst Home Loss, 125-80 – ABC News

  1. 1. Rockets Hand Jazz Worst Home Loss, 125-80 – ABC NewsThe Houston Rockets had plenty of trouble getting to Salt Lake City as a blizzard left themgrounded for a while in western Colorado.Once they arrived, they made the Jazz pay, rolling to a 125-80 victory on Monday night andhanding Utah the most-lopsided home loss in franchise history.“We could have had Michael Jordan in his prime with us tonight . and it wouldn’t have mattered(the way we played),” Jazz center Al Jefferson lamented.“It was like everything went wrong. They came ready to play. I don’t know where our energywas.”The Rockets, after recently suffering through a seven-game slide, are out of that funk. Theyhave now won three straight and four of their last five.“That’s the way we have to play,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “We have to play withpace. We have to move the ball. The ball can’t get sticky. It’s got to go from side to side. Andguys just got to make plays.”James Harden continued to do most of the damage, scoring 25 points despite sitting the entirefourth quarter with the rest of the Rockets starters.Harden, selected as an All-Star for the first time recently, has averaged 27.2 points in his lastfive games.When he wasn’t driving the lane, the Rockets were pouring in 3-pointers.They hit 16 of 34 on the night to tie their season high for shots made beyond the arc. 1/3
  2. 2. But it was their pace that floored the Jazz, outscoring Utah 26-2 on the break.“That’s how we play,” Harden said. “If you watch Rockets basketball, you know we get out intransition and we get some stops. We just try to do a good job of that for 48 minutes.”The Rockets held Utah to 39.5 percent shooting, and the Jazz made just 5 of 18 3-pointers.Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris each hit four 3-pointers alone for Houston and Omer Asik tieda career high with 19 rebounds.Every Rockets player scored, including six in double figures, with Morris adding 16 and Delfino14.“It was just fun because everyone was getting involved,” said Chandler Parsons, who added 12points. “And it was right from the tip. We wanted to emphasize transition defense and takingcare of the ball. We did those two things beautifully tonight and played unselfish. Everyone wasjust having fun out there and it’s a lot more fun to play that way.”Houston led by 21 points in the second, by 35 in the third and kept pouring it on in the fourth.The Rockets closed the third with three straight 3s — two by Morris and one by Harden — thensaw Morris drain another 3 to open the fourth.By then the fans were already booing and heading for the exits.“We should have been booing ourselves,” said Jefferson, who had 10 points on 5-of-13shooting.Randy Foye led Utah with 12 points.Utah trailed by 50 points before a driving layup by Alec Burks and 3-pointer by rookie KevinMurphy in the final 20 seconds. 2/3
  3. 3. Utah’s previous most-lopsided loss at home was by 33 points to Milwaukee on Nov. 18, 1980. It was the fifth worst overall for the franchise. “I don’t think this ruins us,” said Gordon Hayward, who did not play because of a sprained shoulder. Still, the Jazz hardly looked like the team that had won nine of their previous 12. They had been undefeated at home in January — 6-0 — with their last loss in Salt Lake City coming Dec. 28 against the Los Angeles Clippers in which they blew a 21-point lead. Unlike the Jazz, the Rockets weren’t about to blow this one. Source Article from Rockets Hand Jazz Worst Home Loss, 125-80 – ABC News 3/3Powered by TCPDF (