Huge comeback propels Rockets over Jazz

Huge comeback propels Rockets over Jazz
November 2, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Chandler Parsons after the win over Jazz

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It wasn't easy for the Rockets to start the season with three wins in as many games, but that's exactly what they did after beating the Utah Jazz, 104-93 on Saturday in Utah. Chandler Parsons had 24 points to lead three Rockets starters with at least 20 points. James Harden added 23 and Jeremy Lin scored 20. Harden and Lin scored 30 of their points in the second half as the Rockets outscored the Jazz 64-37 in the final two quarters.

The Rockets defense and rebounding was poor in the first half. They were trounced on the boards, getting out-rebounded 27-12. The nine offernsive rebounds they allowed the JAzz led the 16 second chance points. The Rockets had none in the first half.

Utah also shot 49 percent in the first half. The second half was a completely different story with the Jazz hitting just 11 of 34 shots (32 percent) and the Rockets caught fire shooting 58 percent, including the same 58 percent on 3-pointers (7-of-12).

Call it a comeback
The Rockets did not start the game well and found themselves trailed by 19 points, 56-37, with just 1:03 left in the first half. Down 16 at the half, they outscored Utah 20-4 to open the third quarter to tie the game and went on to win the game by 11 points. The 19-point comeback was the 10th largest in team history.

Run, Rockets, run
After a very sluggish first half that saw the Rockets trail by as many as 19, Houston opened the third quarter with a 20-4 run to tie the game. They held the Jazz to just 1-of-11 shooting and did not allow the Jazz any second chance points. The Jazz had 16 of them in the first half. James Harden (9 points) and Jeremy Lin (5 points) had 14 of the 20 Rockets points.

Tower and tower vs. tower and tower
For the first time in three games, the Rockets absolutely needed both Omer Asik and Dwight Howard to be out there together and play big. The Jazz new, young starting duo up front of Derrick Favors have been very good this year and had a very good start again tonight. Favors and Kanter combined for 18 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. The Rockets held them to 10 points and three rebounds in the second half.

The game was over when...
Houston had just gone up 97-90 and nearly forced a 24-second violation with a Howard block on Hayward on the rim and only a John Lucas III 35-footer that caught a tiny bit of the rim, prevented the violation. Parsons grabbed the rebound and fired it all the way down court to Francisco Garcia for an uncontedted layup and a nine-point lead.

Next up
Houston (3-0) travels to Los Angeles to face the Clippers (2-1) on Monday night at 9:30 p.m. The Clippers have beatn the Rockets in five of their last six meetings. Last season these two teams met just once last season at Staples Center with the Clippers winning 106-96.