Rockets hand Jazz worst home loss
SALT LAKE CITY – James Harden scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets rolled by the Jazz 125-80 on Monday night, handing Utah its worst home loss in franchise history.
The Jazz had won six straight at home but simply couldn’t keep pace in transition. They were outscored 26-2 on the break and shot just 39.5 percent. Their previous worst was by 33 points to Milwaukee on Nov. 18, 1980.
Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris each hit four 3-pointers for Houston, which made 16 of 34 from beyond the arc. Omer Asik had 19 rebounds as the Rockets (25-22) won their third straight.
Houston led by 21 points in the second, by 35 in the third and kept pouring it on fourth.
Randy Foye led Utah with 12 points.
The Jazz hardly looked like the team that had won nine of their previous 12. They fell behind by nine early but rallied to tie it at 22 late in the first.
After that it was all Houston, prompting fans to boo and head for the exits early in the third quarter.
At one point, Houston hit three straight 3-pointers, two by Morris and another by Harden, who took a seat on the bench with the rest of the Rockets starters the entire fourth.
Morris opened the fourth with another 3 just to put an exclamation point on the night.
The Rockets led by as many as 21 points in the second, thanks to aggressive moves to the rim by Harden and the 3-point shooting of Delfino.
Harden had 18 points by halftime and Delfino 14 in just 12 minutes off the bench as he hit his first four 3-pointers.
The Jazz scored 39 points in the first half.
Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson were a combined 0 for 7 to start and 5 of 18 at halftime.
By then it was over.
Nuggets 102, Pacers 101: At Denver, Andre Iguodala made a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining after forcing a turnover to deny a last-second shot by Indiana, and Denver beat the Pacers.
Iguodala finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and had the defensive play of the game when he stole the ball from Paul George as the Pacers’ guard maneuvered for a last-second shot.
Iguoadala signaled for time out with 0.5 seconds remaining. On the inbounds, Andre Miller lobbed a pass toward the basket that Iguodala and George both went after with George making contact and getting called for the foul.
Iguoadala, who had missed four consecutive free throws earlier in the fourth quarter, cooly sank the tiebreaker and missed the second on purpose and the buzzer sounded as the ball rattled off the backboard.
Warriors 114, Raptors 102: At Toronto, David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 17 points before leaving with an injury, and Golden State beat Toronto.
Curry twisted his injured right ankle in the third quarter when he tripped and fell while driving.
He did not return.
Aaron Gray had a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost seven of nine.
Grizzlies 103, 76ers 100: At Philadelphia, Marc Gasol scored a season-high 27 points, and Rudy Gay had 26 to lead Memphis over Philadelphia.
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 21 points to help the Grizzlies win without point guard Mike Conley. Conley sat out with a sprained left ankle suffered in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.
Nets 97, Magic 77: At New York Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and Brooklyn beat Orlando for its eighth straight home victory.
The Nets rebounded from their first two-game losing streak under P.J. Carlesimo, finishing off a four-game sweep of the Magic, who dropped their sixth straight.
Kings 96, Wizards 94: At Washington, Isaiah Thomas made a floater with a second to play, capping a seesaw finish as Sacramento broke a four-game losing streak with a win over Washington.
Emeka Okafor scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and John Wall had 19 points and six assists for the Wizards, whose home winning streak ended at five games.