Everything was clicking on offense tonight on the second night of a dreaded altitude-ridden back to back.
With the Rockets’ play tonight, you would have never guessed that this team fought and lost a tough match against Denver the night before.
Houston and Utah were pretty even after the first quarter with the road team taking a four-point lead after 12 minutes.
The Rockets were able to pull away in the second quarter with a 15-4 run to take a 13-point lead into halftime.
The 13-point lead grew to as much as 25 as the Rockets rode their momentum into the second half. It led to one of the team’s most well-rounded victories of the season.
As expected, James Harden led the way with 43 points and 12 rebounds and a perfect 15-15 from the free throw line.
Even with Chris Paul sitting out to rest, Harden had plenty of help from his supporting cast.
Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points by nailing seven triples, Kenneth Faried notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Austin Rivers posted 16 points off the bench.
As much as the offense was on point, the defense was as well.
The Rockets held the Jazz to just 36 percent shooting. Outside of Donovan Mitchell’s 26 points, no Jazz player scored more than 11.
Rudy Gobert, the biggest Western Conference All-Star snub, only scored 10 points.
“This is probably one of our best defensive games of the year,” Gerald Green said on the broadcast in a post-game interview.
The emphasis on defense was high tonight after surrendering 136 points last night against the Nuggets, and the Rockets certainly delivered.
With the win, the Rockets pulled a game ahead of the Jazz and are firmly in sixth place in the West.
The four-game road trip continues for the Rockets on Monday when the team heads to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. CT.