The Utah Jazz took care of business at home and defeated the Houston Rockets 104 to 83. This was payback for their loss in Houston last week. The Jazz margin of victory in this game was greater than the Rockets margin when they won (which was *only* 101-85). The Jazz harried Kyle Lowry into 2-7 shooting from deep and only 13 points. Luis Scola led his team with another efficient shooting nights, and another 18/10 double double. However, the Jazz just had too many guys playing well to be denied tonight. C.J. Miles came off the bench and led all scorers with 27 points (10/16 fg, 3/7 from deep, 4/4 from the line). He also finished with one rebound and nothing else. He is a shooter.
Devin Harris played his best game all season and added 19 points and 3 assists. He controlled the pace and played in the way that made him someone to trade for in the first place. Al Jefferson had a 14/10 double double, and Derrick Favors (starting in place of injured Paul Millsap) chipped in with 6 points and 7 boards.
The story of the game was passing and pace. I'm guess from the boxscore, I have yet to watch the game. (At work right now) The Jazz had 27 assists, the starters shared passing duties and had 15 assists as a group. Earl Watson had 8 more just by himself.
Last, but not least, we have to mention Jeremy Evans. Today the Utah Jazz brass recognized his dunk achievement and named the day after him, February 29th. Leap day. Jeremy Evans day. He got to play 22 minutes and had a spectacular finish over dunk contest participant Chase Budinger. That's very funny. Also DeMarre Carroll played his first minutes this season.
And we beat our rivals the Houston Rockets.