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Rockets pull away for 112-101 win over Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) James Harden and the Houston Rockets are defined by their explosive offense, and it got the best of the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Harden scored 29 points, Ryan Anderson added 23 and Houston overwhelmed the Jazz during the third quarter in a 112-101 victory.

The Rockets totaled seven 3-pointers in the third, which equaled the number of field goals for Utah in the same stretch. Harden and Anderson each shot 3 of 4 from the perimeter in the quarter.

''We've got Ryan at the four, and he spaces the floor extremely well, so you got space and guys are able to drive the lane and get up 3s,'' Harden said. ''No different how we play. We get up 3s and we take the best of every shot and, defensively, we just try to lock down.''

Chris Paul added 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets.

Houston (19-4) won its eighth straight game and 14th in 15. The team is 9-0 with Paul in the lineup.

''Having him here has just opened up the court so much more for me and for our shooting ability,'' Anderson said. ''But for me it's just easier looks. It's easier, more open looks.''

Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, Alec Burks added 17 and Thabo Sefolosha chipped in 14 to lead the Jazz. Utah (13-13) dropped its second straight game.

Utah played from behind throughout much of the first half after struggling with turnovers and erratic shooting. The Jazz turned it over eight times before halftime, leading to several key baskets for the Rockets.

''That's what they do,'' center Rudy Gobert said. ''They're very aggressive. They don't have to play defense much, so they steal the ball, drag you off and that's what they do. I had five turnovers, and that's something we need to avoid.''

Houston surged in front after Gobert committed back-to-back turnovers less than two minutes into the first quarter. Utah rallied twice to take the lead, but both runs were answered with bigger ones from the Rockets.

Houston used a 13-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the Jazz. Clint Capela got it going with a three-point play and finished it with a dunk to give the Rockets a 74-53 lead with 7:00 left in the third quarter.

''Our pace picked up a little bit,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. ''We were getting stops and getting out on the break.''

Houston led by 25 points after Ariza buried a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston has totaled 41 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. ... The Rockets went 14 of 14 from the free-throw line over the final three quarters. ... Harden has averaged 35.4 points in his last five games against the Jazz.

Jazz: Utah has allowed at least 37 points in a quarter only four times this season. Three of those high-scoring quarters have come against Houston. ... Gobert is averaging 5.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game since returning from a knee contusion.

MISSING HOOD

Rodney Hood has been sidelined for six games because of ankle soreness. Utah's offense has not been the same without him. Hood was averaging 17.7 points per game and emerged as a reliable sixth man.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said there's no timetable for Hood's return.

''We miss him in lots of ways, especially his ability to take us through periods of the game where we have a dry spell and he's able to score,'' Snyder said.

UP NEXT

Jazz play at Milwaukee on Saturday. It is the start of a six-game, 12-day trip.

Rockets play at Portland on Saturday, concluding a three-game trip.

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Key Players
J. Harden
13 SG
R. Gobert
27 C
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
12.6 Pts. Per Game 12.6
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
45.7 Field Goal % 60.4
45.5 Three Point % 61.3
87.1 Free Throw % 70.6
+ 1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
+ 1 Donovan Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Shooting foul on Chris Paul 0:07
+ 1 Ricky Rubio made free throw 0:18
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:18
  Offensive foul on P.J. Tucker 0:18
  Offensive foul on P.J. Tucker 0:18
+ 1 Thabo Sefolosha made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
+ 1 Thabo Sefolosha made 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Personal foul on James Harden 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert 0:43
Team Stats
Points 112 101
Field Goals 38-81 (46.9%) 34-77 (44.2%)
3-Pointers 18-42 (42.9%) 11-30 (36.7%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 57 40
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 38 28
Team 11 8
Assists 22 17
Steals 10 10
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 17 13
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 2 0
18 PTS, 9 REB, 13 AST
26 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Rockets 19-4 25263724112
home team logo Jazz 13-13 20262035101
Team Stats
away team logo Rockets 19-4 103.4 PPG 41.1 RPG 20.0 APG
home team logo Jazz 13-13 107.3 PPG 42.2 RPG 23.2 APG
Key Players
J. Harden SG 27.3 PPG 5.4 RPG 7.3 APG 41.2 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 21.2 PPG 2.7 RPG 4.0 APG 40.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harden SG 29 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
D. Mitchell SG 26 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
46.9 FG% 44.2
42.9 3PT FG% 36.7
75.0 FT% 81.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 35 29 5 3 1 0 3 2 8/19 4/12 9/9 0 5 38 +12
R. Anderson 35 23 6 2 1 0 1 4 9/11 5/6 0/0 3 3 33 +12
C. Paul 36 18 9 13 3 1 2 3 7/14 2/5 2/2 1 8 55 +12
T. Ariza 35 10 4 1 2 1 1 1 4/6 2/4 0/0 0 4 18 +4
C. Capela 17 7 8 0 1 1 1 5 3/6 0/0 1/5 3 5 16 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harden 35 29 5 3 1 0 3 2 8/19 4/12 9/9 0 5 38 +12
R. Anderson 35 23 6 2 1 0 1 4 9/11 5/6 0/0 3 3 33 +12
C. Paul 36 18 9 13 3 1 2 3 7/14 2/5 2/2 1 8 55 +12
T. Ariza 35 10 4 1 2 1 1 1 4/6 2/4 0/0 0 4 18 +4
C. Capela 17 7 8 0 1 1 1 5 3/6 0/0 1/5 3 5 16 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Gordon 32 10 4 2 0 2 2 2 2/12 2/8 4/4 0 4 18 +5
L. Mbah a Moute 21 8 4 1 1 0 1 0 3/7 2/4 0/0 1 3 14 +1
P. Tucker 16 7 5 0 1 0 5 6 2/5 1/3 2/2 0 5 8 0
T. Black 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 1 0 0
B. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Onuaku - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Weber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Qi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 112 46 22 10 5 17 25 38/81 18/42 18/24 8 38 200 +55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 35 26 4 4 1 0 2 5 9/19 2/6 6/6 0 4 37 -18
R. Rubio 30 11 0 1 2 0 1 3 3/7 1/2 4/4 0 0 14 -6
J. Ingles 32 11 4 4 2 0 2 2 3/11 2/7 3/4 2 2 23 -14
R. Gobert 27 6 9 1 1 2 5 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 2 7 15 -1
D. Favors 27 5 5 1 1 2 0 4 2/4 0/0 1/2 0 5 15 -27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 35 26 4 4 1 0 2 5 9/19 2/6 6/6 0 4 37 -18
R. Rubio 30 11 0 1 2 0 1 3 3/7 1/2 4/4 0 0 14 -6
J. Ingles 32 11 4 4 2 0 2 2 3/11 2/7 3/4 2 2 23 -14
R. Gobert 27 6 9 1 1 2 5 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 2 7 15 -1
D. Favors 27 5 5 1 1 2 0 4 2/4 0/0 1/2 0 5 15 -27
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Burks 27 17 1 3 2 0 3 2 6/12 2/5 3/4 0 1 23 -1
T. Sefolosha 25 14 5 1 1 1 0 1 5/9 2/4 2/2 0 5 23 +12
R. Neto 9 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 0/1 0 1 8 +4
J. Jerebko 11 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 2 5 -4
R. O'Neale 12 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/2 1/2 0 1 6 0
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 32 17 10 5 13 21 34/77 11/30 22/27 4 28 169 -55