SALT LAKE CITY — With both teams coming off a back-to-back, it was the road team that looked the freshest as the Houston Rockets rolled past the Utah Jazz 125-98 on Saturday night at Vivint Arena.
The Jazz fall to 30-24 on the season, sitting at No. 7 in the Western Conference. The Rockets improve to 30-22, in sixth place.
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- James Harden was unstoppable. And it was from the get-go. Harden had 16 by the end of the first quarter and 29 at halftime. He ended up with an amazing stat line of 45 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, six steals and four blocks.
- Donovan Mitchell was the bright spot for the Jazz, scoring 26 points (although it was on 7 of 24 shooting from the field) while also getting six rebounds and nine assists, the most impressive of which was this off-balance baseball pass.
- The Jazz end the season series vs. the Rockets even a two wins apiece. Utah won the first two games, only to have Houston win the next two.
- Wednesday, Feb. 6, vs. Phoenix (11-43), 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 9, vs. San Antonio (32-22), 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Golden State (37-15), 8:30 p.m.
- All-Star Weekend: Feb. 15-17