SALT LAKE CITY — It had already been established this season that games at EnergySolutions Arena wouldn't be guaranteed victories for the home team, but the 125-80 beat down the Houston Rockets put on the Jazz on Monday night was shocking. It was the worst home loss in franchise history.
James Harden, recently named to the All-Star team, led the way for Houston with 25 points.
GUARDS: Jamaal Tinsely managed six points on two 3-pointers and probably would have had more than one assist had the Jazz shot better than 39 percent from the field. Randy Foye put up 12 points to lead the Jazz in scoring, but he took an inefficient 13 shot attempts to reach that point total. GRADE: C.
FORWARDS: Paul Millsap played a terrible game with four points and two rebounds while Marvin Williams scored seven points and pulled down five rebounds. The Jazz had a difficult time finding any offense and the forward position did not provide any help. GRADE: D.
CENTERS: Jefferson played 28 minutes and finished with 10 points and eight boards. Houston's Omer Asik gave Jefferson trouble all night. Enes Kanter came off the bench and nearly matched Jefferson's output with nine points of his own. GRADE: D.
BENCH: Three players finished in double figures for the Jazz and one of those was Derrick Favors, who arguably had the best line of the night. Favors finished with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and three blocks. Kevin Murphy had the most efficient night as he dropped nine points in 12 minutes of play. Despite solid performances from little-used players, the bench and the entire team missed Gordon Hayward, who suffered a sprained shoulder against Indiana on Saturday night. GRADE: C.
OVERALL: There clearly aren't many positives about a 45-point loss at home. The Jazz couldn't get anything going on offense and allowed the Rockets to run up and down the court and shoot at will. The Rockets outscored the Jazz in fast-break points, 26-2, while shooting a blistering 47 percent (16 of 34) from 3-point land. Houston shot 53 percent overall and the Jazz were mostly ineffective on defense. The Jazz tied the game at 20-all late in the first quarter before three consecutive turnovers led to a six-point advantage for Houston at the end of the first quarter. Houston pushed the lead the double digits early in the second quarter and never looked back. The overall defensive effort by the Jazz warrants the lowest grade possible. GRADE: F.
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