Jazz at Rockets
The Houston Rockets have had three days to shake off their worst performance of the season and hope to be refreshed Saturday when they host the Utah Jazz. The Rockets had a three-game winning streak snapped with Wednesday's 120-98 loss at Oklahoma City. James Harden had one of his worst games of the season as he scored 17 points but hit just 3 of 16 shots.
Before Houston won home games over Chicago, New York and Toronto, it had lost three in a row on the road. The last game of that skid was a 102-91 loss in Utah on Nov. 19 in a contest that saw the Rockets shoot 34.9 percent. For the Jazz, that win was part of a stretch that saw them win five of six before shooting 41.3 percent and committing 18 turnovers in a 106-96 defeat at Oklahoma City Friday.
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ABOUT THE JAZZ (9-8): Second-year center Enes Kanter had the most productive game of his brief career Friday by scoring a career-high 18 points. He scored 14 in the fourth quarter and was efficient in doing so as he was 8-of-11 shooting in 15 minutes. Guard Mo Williams returned from missing three games with a sprained right foot and scored 13 points on 4-of-10 from the field. Utah played without Marvin Williams, who suffered a concussion Wednesday. The Jazz may also be without Derrick Favors, who suffered a strained right arch against the Thunder.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (7-8): Forward Chandler Parsons is considered questionable with a right shoulder injury. An MRI exam showed a strained AC joint and the only thing Parsons was able to do in Friday's practice was shoot free throws. The Rockets have averaged 110.3 points and shot 48.5 percent during their four-game home winning streak. Forward Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 27 points in Wednesday's loss and has topped 20 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
1. Utah has won the last three games in the series and has posted double-digit victories in each outing. The Jazz won the last meeting despite shooting 40 percent.
2. Harden's only game in which he failed to score double digits occurred against the Jazz. He played just 17 minutes with a fever and upper-respiratory infection and scored just six points.
3. Jazz G Randy Foye is enjoying a career year from behind the arc. He made four 3-pointers Friday to raise his percentage to 44.9 percent.