Rockets Beat Jazz 96-85

posted by Andrew Pisano - 

The Rockets were not themselves in the first half of tonight's game against Utah.  Houston scored just 39 points in the first 30 minutes, but made up for it in the 2nd half to pick up the win.  The Rockets were without Capela (illness), Anderson (hip soreness), and Gordon (illness), so someone had to step up.  Enter Luc Mbah a Moute, who went 7-for-7 from the field, scoring 17 points in total.  

James Harden finished the game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.  Chris Paul ended up with 15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and also 3 steals.  Chris Paul had the ball with 10 seconds left and high-fived Harden's mother while running out the clock.  A ref then blew his whistle to award Utah the ball after calling Paul out of bounds for making contact with a fan.  In the end, it didn't matter since the Rockets were up by 11, but Paul was not happy about the call. 

The Rockets are now on a 13-game winning streak, just one win shy of their season high.  They will try to tie that winning streak Wednesday night in L.A. against the Clippers.

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