The Utah Jazz had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 43-79 (54.4%) from the field, including 10-17 (58.8%) from beyond the arc, in a close 109-103 win over the Houston Rockets. Utah (4-15) has won just 3 of their last 10 games.
Gordon Hayward had another quality performance, scoring 29 points on 12-18 shooting from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Utah were Trey Burke with 21 points and 6 assists, Derrick Favors with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Marvin Williams with 10 points and 5 rebounds. James Harden had another quality performance for Houston despite the loss, putting up 37 points on 12-22 shooting (3-9 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-10 from the free throw line. He also tallied 8 assists. Dwight Howard chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds, Francisco Garcia finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Omri Casspi put up 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 60.8%, the Jazz connected at a rate of 58.8% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (3-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Rockets are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This loss snaps a 5-game winning streak for Houston, dropping them to 13-6 on the year.
Coming up next, the Jazz square off with the Indiana Pacers, who are 16-1 on the year. The Rockets meet the Phoenix Suns, currently 9-8 this season.