Rockets 113, Jazz 96

The Utah Jazz saved no energy for Houston after surviving an

overtime thriller at home the previous night.

Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece, and Rick

Adelman became the 11th coach to reach 900 career victories in the

Rockets’ easy 113-96 win over the sluggish Jazz on Wednesday.

Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams

added 12 points and seven assists for Utah, which couldn’t hold

onto the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.

The Jazz were coming off a one-point overtime win over Oklahoma

City in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night and didn’t arrive in

Houston until about 4 a.m.

They looked a step slow from the start against the Rockets and

trailed 60-46 at halftime. Williams, who scored a career-high 42

points against the Thunder, started 1 for 5 from the field and gave

away six of Utah’s 14 first-half turnovers.

“Coach (Jerry Sloan) told us to leave it all on the floor

(against Oklahoma City),” Williams said. “I don’t like to make

excuses, but it was a tough game for us, a tough turnaround. I

tried to get it going. I just never really had that energy.”

Utah trailed by as many as 26 in the second half, and Sloan

benched his starters for the fourth quarter.

“We couldn’t stay with them from the beginning,” Sloan said.

“I expect a lot from our guys every game. If the energy is not

there, it just isn’t there.”

Chuck Hayes grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Luis Scola

added 24 points for the Rockets, who have consecutive victories for

the first time since mid-March.

The Rockets also played on Tuesday, earning a 10-point win in


“They probably had tired legs, they had a tough, hard-fought

game,” Hayes said. “But that’s the NBA. You’re going to have

back-to-backs like that.”

Brooks hit five 3-pointers and has 197 this season, a new

franchise record. He passed former teammate Rafer Alston, who sank

192 in the 2006-07 season.

“The Rockets have a good history,” Brooks said. “It’s good to

be in the books somewhere.”

Houston controlled the boards early and built an 11-point lead.

Hayes grabbed eight rebounds in the first quarter, two on one

Houston possession that resulted in an open perimeter jumper for


“We were touching a lot of balls, we were deflecting a lot of

passes,” said Scola, who had five rebounds, two steals and a

block. “We pretty much controlled the whole game.”

The Rockets also went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and 12 for 22

from the field overall in the first quarter to lead 33-22. The

Rockets stretched the lead to 16 early in the second quarter and

hit their first seven 3s before Brooks missed with about 5 minutes

left in the half.

Houston also went 11 for 14 from the free throw line in the half

to preserve a comfortable lead.

Hayes matched his previous career high for rebounds (17) with

five minutes left in the third quarter. Brooks swished his fifth

3-pointer with 4:35 left for an 87-61 lead, Houston’s biggest of

the night.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Houston backup point

guard Kyle Lowry flipped an alley-oop pass to Chase Budinger, who

finished with a one-handed dunk to make it 100-77.

The Jazz finished with 26 turnovers that led to 24 points for

Houston. Utah also went 3 for 15 from 3-point range.

NOTES: Jazz C Mehmet Okur left in the third quarter and did not

return due to tendinitis in his left Achilles’. … The NBA

announced earlier that officials missed a foul in the final seconds

of Utah’s overtime victory over Oklahoma City. Sloan could not

recall a specific instance when the league acknowledged an

officiating mistake after the fact – though it has happened during

each of the last two postseasons. “That’s part of basketball,”

Sloan said. “I don’t think you can spend all your time worrying

about that. Once it’s over, you might be upset a little bit at the

moment, but life goes on. You can’t do anything about it.” … The

Rockets announced that F Shane Battier would sit out the rest of

the season with a sprained left knee. Battier was injured on March

21 in New York.