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Jazz Vs. Rockets: Houston Has Big Second Half To Defeat Utah

The Houston Rockets will try to snap out of their recent funk when they host the Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center on Sunday.

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Rockets Vs. Jazz Final Score: Houston Gets 32 From Kyle Lowry In 101-85 Win Over Utah

After a tight first half where the score was 46-45 in favor of the Utah Jazz, the second have belonged to the Houston Rockets who ended up easily defeating the Jazz 101-85. The Rockets were led by Kyle Lowry who put up 32 points which included going 7-of-8 from three-point range, and Luis Scola had 26 points.

The Jazz did get 23 points from Paul Millsap and 22 from Al Jefferson, but the scoring from the rest of the team was sparse. The Rockets defense shut down the rest of the Jazz and held them to 39 percent shooting from the field.

The second half the Rockets never had a big run, but they just methodically outscoring the Jazz with mini-runs of four straight points or six points to the Jazz two points. The 8-0 run in the fourth quarter by the Rockets was the largest run of the game, and was the nail in the coffin in the victory over the Jazz.

For more on this game Rockets fans should visit The Dream Shake and Jazz fans should check out SLC Dunk. For more news and analysis on the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Rockets Vs. Jazz Halftime Score: Houston Trails Utah 46-45

Kyle Lowry is leading the way for the Houston Rockets with 18 points and so far has not missed a shot in the first half. Lowrry has made all five shots, which includes four three-three pointers and four free throws. For the Utah Jazz they are being lead by Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson who both have 12 points each.

This game has been close the entire way with the largest lead for the Rockets being three points and four points for the Jazz.

One interesting stat in the first half is that the Jazz have yet to attempt a free throw, while the Rockets have gone 9-of-11 from the line. This Rockets could be trailing by more points if the Jazz have been able to get to the line.

For more on this game Rockets fans should visit The Dream Shake and Jazz fans should check out SLC Dunk. For more news and analysis on the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Jazz Vs. Rockets: Patrick Patterson To Make First Start Of Season For Houston

Forward Patrick Patterson will make his first start of the season for the Houston Rockets Sunday night against the Utah Jazz. Center Samuel Dalembert will come off the bench for Houston after Dalembert was late to a meeting earlier in the day.

Dalembert is averaging 7.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season for the Rockets and has started 24 of 31 games. Patterson is averaging 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game so far this season. The Rockets recalled center Greg Smith from the D-League and Kevin McHale said during the pregame that Smith could see some time against the Jazz.

For more on this game Rockets fans should visit The Dream Shake and Jazz fans should check out SLC Dunk. For more news and analysis on the NBA head on over to SB Nation'sNBA Basketball page.

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Jordan Hill Injury: Rockets Forward Out At Least Two Weeks With Knee Injury

Houston Rockets forward Jordan Hill will be out of action for at least two weeks after suffering a knee injury during Saturday's practice.

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NBA Standings 2012: Rockets Sliding In Southwest Division

The Houston Rockets are 17-14 heading into tonight's matchup against the Utah Jazz. The Rockets are 5-5 in their last 10 games but have lost three of four to fall into fourth place in the Southwest division standings five games behind the division leading Spurs.

The Rockets are two and a half games behind the Mavericks who are in second and trail the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies by just a half game for third place.


Southwest Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Antonio 22 9 .709 0 Won 10
Dallas 20 12 .625 2.5 Lost 1
Memphis 18 14 .562 4.5 Won 4
Houston 17 14 .548 5 Lost 1
New Orleans 7 23 .233 14.5 Won 3

(updated 2.19.2012 at 4:07 PM EST)


Houston is currently slotted in the seventh spot in the Western Conference and is in a virtual tie with the Denver Nuggets who are eighth. Houston trails the Oklahoma City Thunder by six and a half games for the top spot in the west.

For more on the Houston Rockets check out The Dream Shake. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Jazz Vs. Rockets Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Rockets will try to snap out of their recent funk when they host the Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center on Sunday.

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