The Houston Rockets won their eighth straight game after surviving a late fourth-quarter push by the Utah Jazz.
After putting on a show again the Lakers in Hollywood, the Houston Rockets won their eighth straight game, this time, defeating the Utah Jazz 112-101, Thursday, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The Rockets did not waste any time showcasing their high powered offense, after opening the game on a 9-2 run. Despite holding a 25-20 lead after the first, it seemed as if Houston could not get going from the free throw line, while the team shot 20.0 percent (1-5) from the charity stripe.
However, they did not look as slow on the defensive end, as the Rockets held the Jazz in check for the majority of the game.
Chris Paul played his best game of the season, after posting 18 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds to close out the game. Paul made an impact on the game early as he recorded three steals during the first quarter.
While scoring nine of his 18 points in the first, CP3 led the Rockets to a 51-46 halftime lead.
However, despite a solid play by Paul, the Rockets did not have a great start to the game. To fully understand their struggles, James Harden, the league’s MVP leader once shot 25 percent to open the game, before scoring seven of Houston’s next 11 points to close out the half.
In the third, Houston came out firing on all cylinders, scoring 37 points and extending their five-point halftime lead to 22 points. Despite another tremendous performance from Harden, the game ball should go to Ryan Anderson.
Before missing his first shot midway through the third, Anderson made his first eight shots, five of them were from deep. In addition to his shooting, Anderson also had his fourth 20-point game of the season. He would finish the game with 23 point and five rebounds.
With the win, the Rockets have now won their eighth game in a row, and 13 of their last 15 games. However, most importantly the Rockets are now 9-0 when CP3 and the Beared One is on the floor together.