Recap: Rockets at Jazz 03/12/2015
The Rockets had no answer for Rudy Gobert and fell to the Jazz 109-91.
The Rockets opened the game by missing their first five consecutive shots and letting Utah score seven unanswered. Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley eventually each hit a two, but Rudy Gobert sent two Rockets shots back as the Jazz went up 11-4 in just four minutes of play.
The Jazz built a 12-point first quarter lead thanks to 10 second chance points in the first nine minutes. Utah grabbed seven offensive boards in the quarter and Gobert notched a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in the opening frame, but the Rockets closed on an 11-2 run to trail by just five headed into the second.
Corey Brewer and the bench rallied in the second to cut Utah’s lead down to four, but the Jazz closed out the half with a 21-7 advantage in second chance points and a +12 rebound difference (led by Gobert’s 18) to head into the locker room with a 10-point advantage.
The Rockets made a quick run at the start of the third thanks to six quick points from Donatas Motiejunas, but Utah went on a 14-2 run and built as big as a 22-point lead. Gordon Hayward scored 12 in the quarter and Rudy Gobert only needed three quarters to set an opponent season-high with 22 rebounds.
The Jazz lead got as high as 24 in the fourth as they racked up a 26-9 second chance points advantage on the night. They also grabbed 57 total rebounds just one night after Houston gave up an opponent season-high-tying 60 rebounds to Portand.
Gobert finished with 19 points and 22 rebounds while James Harden scored under 20 for the second straight game. Corey Brewer had another big fourth with 13 of his 25 in the final quarter.
The Rockets close their road trip in Los Angeles on Sunday with a day game against the Clippers.