SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Georges Niang tied a profession excessive with 24 factors and the NBA-leading Utah Jazz beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 124-116 on Saturday evening to achieve 50 victories.
Jordan Clarkson scored 21 factors, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 — his seventh straight 20-point efficiency — for the Jazz.
Utah completed 5-0 on its homestand regardless of lacking All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley once more.
“We simply needed to actually battle by way of mentally. And simply maintain pushing … that’s how we caught out this win, however I ain’t going to mislead you: This season has been grueling and tiring, however it’s what it’s and we got here right here to work,” Clarkson stated.
Niang took benefit of some post-ups within the paint and was a sharpshooter from past the arc. Beginning simply his eighth recreation, Niang scored 10 factors within the third quarter and his 3-pointer with 2:50 left within the interval gave Utah its largest lead, 96-75.
“I do know he’s gonna be on the proper spot on the proper time,” Utah’s Joe Ingles stated of Niang. “If I get within the lane and I key to the nook, he’s going to be someplace in that space and he will certainly shoot it so it’s search for us, when he’s on the market taking part in like that with confidence.”
The normally mild-mannered Niang was so fired up, he drew a technical for taunting after draining a 3 that tied his profession excessive of 24 early within the last interval. He was 6 of 8 on 3-pointers.
“I normally maintain my feelings, and I simply occurred to lose my cool. That’s not who I’m or aspire to be,” Niang stated. “I assumed he had brushed me within the face on objective. So I instructed him that he was too late, like, he wasn’t going to get to my shot anyway.”
Rudy Gobert had 13 factors and 14 rebounds for the Jazz.
The Rockets have misplaced 5 straight and 20 of their previous 23 video games.
“They fought laborious and so they battled. One other hard-fought recreation similar to final evening. Once more, I used to be tremendous pleased with this group,” coach Stephen Silas stated.
Khyri Thomas and KJ Martin every had profession highs of 27 for Houston. Thomas has scored 47 in two video games with the Rockets, and Martin marked his third straight 20-point recreation and fourth of his profession.
“I simply have a look at it as a chance to exit and play basketball. I like to do it, so I simply come out each evening and compete as laborious as I can,” Martin stated.
Each groups had been taking part in the second evening of back-to-back, which led to some sloppy play. The Jazz improved to 12-2 on zero days relaxation.
The undermanned Rockets used a beginning lineup with Martin at 6-foot-7 because the tallest participant to face the 7-foot-1 Gobert. Danuel Home Jr. and D.J. Augustin moved off the harm report and onto the courtroom for first time in weeks to offer Houston eight accessible gamers.
Rockets: Damage checklist was voluminous: Avery Bradley (private), Sterling Brown (knee), Danté Exum (calf), Eric Gordon (groin); David Nwaba (wrist), Kelly Olynyk (ankle), Kevin Porter Jr (ankle), John Wall (hamstring); D.J. Wilson (well being protocols), and Christian Wooden (ankle). … Houston used its fortieth completely different beginning lineup in 68 video games. … Jae’Sean Tate was assessed a flagrant-1 for hitting Gobert within the face within the third quarter.
Jazz: Clarkson has made a 3 in 90 straight video games. … Utah outscored Houston within the paint, 56-46. … The Jazz swept the season collection with the Rockets, 3-0. … Ingles obtained a technical foul with 2:10 remaining after which left the sport.
Rockets: At Portland on Monday evening.
Jazz: At Golden State on Monday evening.
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