Recap: Rockets 85, Jazz 71



Posted Jul 9, 2013 8:23 PM

Dan Savage, OrlandoMagic.com

Following a day off for both teams, the Houston Rockets downed the Utah Jazz, 85-71, on day three of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Five Rockets recorded double figures en route to their second victory in Summer League play.

The Rockets jumped out to an early lead and were never really in jeopardy the entire game, using a strong second quarter to take a double-digit lead into halftime, 43-30. Although the Jazz outscored the home team in the fourth, Houston held on to nearly a 20-point advantage for most of the second half.

Utah was plagued by turnovers and poor shooting, turning over the ball 18 times en route to 28 Houston points while shooting just 37.7 percent from the floor. The Jazz were led in scoring by Alec Burks, who, despite hitting just 5-of-15 from the floor, finished with 18 points. Trey Burke struggled from the field as well, also connecting on just five of his 15 field goal attempts while making just 1-for-6 from downtown.

The veteran-laden Rockets were led by James Anderson and Patrick Beverley's 11 points, while Greg Smith, Casper Ware and Jack Cooley rounded out the double figure scoring with 10 apiece.

Utah resumes Summer League play Wednesday, taking on the 0-2 Brooklyn Nets, while Houston faces Boston in the 3 p.m. ET contest.