The Utah Jazz lost to the Houston Rockets tonight, 93-91. It was the slimmest of margins and if you are a Houston fan you look at the commanding +10 point different in the fourth quarter and call this a remarkable come from behind victory on the road. If you are a Utah fan though, well, it's entirely another story. The Jazz were up moderately going into the fourth quarter -- remarkably so without Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks, and Dante Exum. Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood were doing their thing trying their best to secure the win -- but the Houston Rockets and the refs made sure that the bigger market team with star players like Dwight Howard and James Harden escaped with a win. Harden, always a beneficiary of absurd calls, got to the line nine times in this game; and most of them were insignificant. In crunch time the Jazz were incapable of getting a stop, nor could they take care of their own glass. And with the ebb and flow of the game Utah had gone from being up by a bunch to being down. I get all that. But in a two point game when this happens to Jeff Withey, and it's a no-call, you can't help but be upset:
Yes, there was a make-up call a few plays later that gave Rodney Hood a chance to tie it up with six seconds left, but we're not allowed to have nice things:
Thanks to Spencer Campbell for the vines.
Also, yes, the Jazz were up big and squandered the lead to the point where a bad call had a huge outcome on the game. Still, it was a really bad call. So ends the Jazz win streak. They play next in a back-to-back set on the road, on Wednesday @ San Antonio Spurs, then on Thursday @ Houston Rockets.