Utah at Houston

Jazz jeopardize playoff position with loss to Rockets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- The Utah Jazz saved no energy for Houston after surviving an overtime thriller at home the previous night.

Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece, and Rick Adelman became the 11th coach to reach 900 career victories in the Rockets' easy 113-96 win over the sluggish Jazz on Wednesday.

Western Conference
SeedTeamGB
1o-Dallas-
2x-Denver-
3x-Golden State-
4x-Houston-
5y-L.A. Clippers-
6x-L.A. Lakers-
7x-Memphis-
8o-Minnesota-
Still alive
10z-Oklahoma City-
14y-San Antonio-
Eliminated
9o-New Orleans-
11o-Phoenix-
12o-Portland-
13o-Sacramento-
15o-Utah-
Complete Playoff Race

Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 12 points and seven assists for Utah, which couldn't hold onto the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.

The Jazz were coming off a one-point overtime win over Oklahoma City in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night and didn't arrive in Houston until about 4 a.m.

They looked a step slow from the start against the Rockets and trailed 60-46 at halftime. Williams, who scored a career-high 42 points against the Thunder, started 1 for 5 from the field and gave away six of Utah's 14 first-half turnovers.

"Coach [Jerry Sloan] told us to leave it all on the floor [against Oklahoma City]," Williams said. "I don't like to make excuses, but it was a tough game for us, a tough turnaround. I tried to get it going. I just never really had that energy."

Utah trailed by as many as 26 in the second half, and Sloan benched his starters for the fourth quarter.

"We couldn't stay with them from the beginning," Sloan said. "I expect a lot from our guys every game. If the energy is not there, it just isn't there."

Chuck Hayes grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Luis Scola added 24 points for the Rockets, who have consecutive victories for the first time since mid-March.

The Rockets also played on Tuesday, earning a 10-point win in Memphis.

"They probably had tired legs, they had a tough, hard-fought game," Hayes said. "But that's the NBA. You're going to have back-to-backs like that."

Brooks hit five 3-pointers and has 197 this season, a new franchise record. He passed former teammate Rafer Alston, who sank 192 in the 2006-07 season.

"The Rockets have a good history," Brooks said. "It's good to be in the books somewhere."

Houston controlled the boards early and built an 11-point lead. Hayes grabbed eight rebounds in the first quarter, two on one Houston possession that resulted in an open perimeter jumper for Martin.

"We were touching a lot of balls, we were deflecting a lot of passes," said Scola, who had five rebounds, two steals and a block. "We pretty much controlled the whole game."

The Rockets also went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and 12 for 22 from the field overall in the first quarter to lead 33-22. The Rockets stretched the lead to 16 early in the second quarter and hit their first seven 3s before Brooks missed with about 5 minutes left in the half.

Houston also went 11 for 14 from the free throw line in the half to preserve a comfortable lead.

Hayes matched his previous career high for rebounds (17) with five minutes left in the third quarter. Brooks swished his fifth 3-pointer with 4:35 left for an 87-61 lead, Houston's biggest of the night.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Houston backup point guard Kyle Lowry flipped an alley-oop pass to Chase Budinger, who finished with a one-handed dunk to make it 100-77.

The Jazz finished with 26 turnovers that led to 24 points for Houston. Utah also went 3 for 15 from 3-point range.

Notes
  • Jazz C Mehmet Okur left in the third quarter and did not return due to tendinitis in his left Achilles'.
  • The NBA announced earlier that officials missed a foul in the final seconds of Utah's overtime victory over Oklahoma City. Sloan could not recall a specific instance when the league acknowledged an officiating mistake after the fact -- though it has happened during each of the last two postseasons. "That's part of basketball," Sloan said. "I don't think you can spend all your time worrying about that. Once it's over, you might be upset a little bit at the moment, but life goes on. You can't do anything about it."
  • The Rockets announced that F Shane Battier would sit out the rest of the season with a sprained left knee. Battier was injured on March 21 in New York.
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Kevin Martin exploits the worn-down Jazz as the Rockets cruise to victory. (Getty Images)
Kevin Martin exploits the worn-down Jazz as the Rockets cruise to victory. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Utah (51-28) 2224311996
Houston (40-38) «33273617113
UTA:C. Boozer 18 Pts
UTA:P. Millsap 11 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 7 Ast
HOU:A. Brooks 28 Pts
HOU:C. Hayes 18 Reb
HOU:K. Lowry 5 Ast
Players of the Game
HoustonUtah

A. Brooks

C. Boozer
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
280518112
Utah
C. Boozer, PF308-122-2112318
C. Miles, SF285-82-421412
W. Matthews, SG270-50-00320
D. Williams, PG273-96-737312
M. Okur, C234-90-05139
P. Millsap, PF296-111-2113413
K. Korver, SG204-71-232110
R. Price, PG164-60-01229
S. Gaines, PG142-31-21415
K. Koufos, C131-40-01002
O. Jeffers, G132-52-24006
A. Kirilenko, SFDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 39-7915-2142252396
 49.4%71.4% 
Houston
K. Martin, SG399-209-903228
L. Scola, PF329-146-852424
C. Hayes, PF293-40-018346
A. Brooks, PG2711-221-105428
T. Ariza, SG262-52-42427
K. Lowry, PG302-52-22506
J. Jeffries, PF232-51-24316
C. Budinger, SF193-50-03018
J. Hill, PF110-40-03120
J. Taylor, SG20-00-01100
H. Armstrong, C20-00-00000
S. Battier, SFDid Not Play
M. Harris, SFDid Not Play
D. Andersen, CDid Not Play
Y. Ming, CDid Not Play
Totals 41-8421-26382720113
 48.8%80.8% 
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Ind 113
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