APRIL. 9, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic (3) drives to the basket during the first quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Rockets Vs. Jazz: Houston Drops 103-91 Decision To Utah

Goran Dragic finished with 19 points and seven assists but the Rockets fell at home to the Utah Jazz 103-91.

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NBA Standings: Rockets Tied With Nuggets, Mavericks In Western Conference Playoff Race

The Houston Rockets have a slim 1.5 game lead over Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA's Western Conference, but the good news is that they're just a win or two shy of jumping into the sixth seed and avoiding a potential first round match-up with Oklahoma City or San Antonio.

Houston, Denver and Dallas are all tied with 32-36 records, with Dallas travelling to Golden State on Thursday night while the Rockets and Nuggets are idle. With the Rockets hosting Phoenix and the Nuggets playing at L.A. on Friday, a Houston win and a Dallas or Denver loss could get the Rockets off the playoff cliff.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 58 42-16 .724
San Antonio Spurs 56 40-16 .714
Los Angeles Lakers 59 37-22 .627
Los Angeles Clippers 58 35-23 .603
Memphis Grizzlies 57 34-23 .596
Dallas Mavericks 58 32-26 .552
Denver Nuggets 58 32-26 .552
Houston Rockets 58 32-26 .552
Utah Jazz 59 31-28 .525
Phoenix Suns 58 30-28 .517
Portland Trail Blazers 59 28-31 .475
Minnesota Timberwolves 59 25-34 .424
Golden State Warriors 57 22-35 .386
Sacramento Kings 59 19-40 .322
New Orleans Hornets 58 16-42 .276

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Rockets Vs. Jazz Final Score: Houston Falls At Home 103-91

The Houston Rockets couldn't slow down a solid offensive night from Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz dropping a 103-91 decision at the Toyota Center.

Houston fell behind early, saw Utah extend the lead and then got themselves back into the game but couldn't overcome their own shooting woes. Goran Dragic led the way for the Rockets with 19 points and seven assists despite going 3-13 from the floor. Kyle Lowry came off the bench to add 15 points while Chandler Parsons finished with 13. Houston hit just 36 percent of its shots and was 4-20 from three-point range.

Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 29 points going 9-14 from the field and 7-7 from the line. Paul Millsap added 21 points and Al Jefferson chipped in 15.

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Rockets Vs. Jazz Score: Houston Trailing Utah 56-46 At Halftime

The Houston Rockets struggled in the first half to contain the red hot shooting Utah Jazz and trail 56-46 at halftime. Houston didn't have much of an answer defensively as the Jazz went on to shoot 58 percent in the first half including 4 of 6 shooting from beyond the arc.

Chandler Parsons leads the Rockets with 10 points at the break. Marcus Camby added nine points and seven rebounds while Goran Dragic finished with eight. The Rockets hit 42 percent of their shots and were 2 of 8 from downtown.

Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz with 17 points at the break while going 5-6 from the field and 4-4 at the free throw line. Paul Milsap added 16 points and is 8-12 from the field.

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NBA Standings 2012: Rockets In Sixth Place Before Crucial Stretch Of Games

With only three weeks left in the NBA regular season, the Western Conference playoff race is still completely jumbled, as the Houston Rockets are 3.5 games behind the LA Lakers, currently in third place, and 2 games ahead of the Utah Jazz, currently in tenth.

Their game Wednesday night against Utah will have huge implications for both teams, as 32-25 Houston could give 30-28 Utah a devastating blow with a victory.

It's also the start of the biggest five-game stretch of the Rockets season, as Houston faces Phoenix, Denver twice and Dallas over the next week.

Those are also the three teams right behind the Rockets in the playoff race, and if Houston takes care of business they will clinch their first playoff appearance since 2009.

The good news is their schedule gets significantly easier in the last week of the season, as they have three games against teams who would be better served with losses (New Orleans twice, Golden State) as well as a match-up with a Miami team that may have nothing to play for.

For all the latest news and notes on the Rockets, head over to The Dream Shake.

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Rockets Vs. Jazz: Preview, TV, Radio Info And More

The Rockets are in a key matchup agains the Jazz with playoff implications on the line.

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