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Jazz 109, Rockets 103

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Guard Gordon Hayward snapped out of a slump and rookie Trey Burke had a career night as the suddenly hot Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Hayward scored a season-high 29 points and Burke totaled career bests with 21 points and six assists in the victory.

Guard James Harden scored a game-high 37 points for the Rockets (13-6), who saw their five-game winning streak snapped.

The Jazz, who began the season 1-14, improved to 4-15 with their second win in a row and third in four games.

Reserve guard Alec Burks added 21 points and center Derrick Favors contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds in Utah's biggest win of the season.

Guard Aaron Brooks cut the Jazz's lead down to 97-96 with three minutes, but Utah played some clutch basketball down the stretch.

Burke, who hit nine of 18 shots, put the Jazz up 99-96 with a layup, and Marvin Williams stretched that lead to 101-96 with a steal and slam at the two-minute mark.

Harden followed with a dunk, but a Burks runner and Williams 3-pointer helped Jazz get some payback after blowing a 19-point lead in a home loss to Houston a month ago.

Harden gave the Rockets some hope in the final moment by hitting from beyond the arc to cut the lead to five points, but Williams blocked Brooks' driving attempt with 15 seconds remaining to seal the Utah win.

Center Dwight Howard had a relatively quiet night with 15 points and nine rebounds for a Houston team that was missing starters Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons with injuries.

NOTES: The Rockets played without PG Jeremy Lin (sprained knee) and F Chandler Parsons (back spasms). Lin will be re-evaluated after two weeks. ... Parsons tried to get himself ready to go, doing stretches in the locker room an hour before the game, but ended up missing his first game this season. ... F Dwight Howard is the only Houston player to have appeared in all 19 games. He believes the Rockets' depth will help them sustain temporary absences. "Our bench has been playing great," he said. "This is something we have faced this year with injuries. Everyone has to be ready to step up." ... This game featured two of the four Turkish players in the NBA: Houston's Omer Asik and Utah's Enes Kanter. Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova and Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu are Turkey's other two players. "It's always good to see other Turkish players on the court playing in the NBA," Kanter said. "To represent a country, it's really important."
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