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Utah Jazz 89 Houston Rockets 87 Game Recap: Gordon Hayward Derrick Favors erase 15 point deficit, James Harden's big game

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Go whine about it, Harden

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The Utah Jazz went out on the road and got it done against the pompous Houston Rockets, 89-87. It was a brilliant come from behind victory filled with gutsy performances from the players and head coach alike. Quin Snyder was smart with his timeouts and pulled a little Jerry Sloan out there in the late 4th quarter by NOT calling one. And our elder statesmen Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors got the job done against the overt star power of the cowardly and rules breaking Rockets.

The first quarter started off well for the Jazz, like the previous few games had started. They went up 5-0 early, but had trouble keeping James Harden from getting himself open, and had some trouble keeping Houston off the offensive glass. Before you knew it Houston was back in this game, and soon enough when the bench units came in, took the lead. And they took the lead for almost good in that first quarter. It didn't become a game until the fourth because Houston went up by so much in a killer second quarter -- where the bad guys won 24-13.

While the second quarter had everything go wrong (seriously? Donatas Motiejunas hitting back to back threes? What?), Snyder really had some motivational magic at halftime. Utah was down 15, but roared back thanks to a run that cut it to just five after a Hayward layup. Houston had a reactionary push back, but Utah wasn't giving up and would cut it to a three point deficit after a Hayward And-1 with 2:21 left in the third frame. Each time the Jazz would get close Houston seemed to get either an open shot or an easy three. Rodney Hood missed a three pointer as the quarter was ended that would have put the Jazz right in the Rocket's pants, instead they went into the fourth down 66-60.

The Jazz would die it up 73-73 all after a Shelvin Mack three with 6:05 to play. And then they would finally TAKE the lead off of a pair of Gordon Hayward free throws with 3:41 left. It became a three man game between Mack, Hayward, and Favors against Harden, Dwight Howard, and Patrick Beverley. Hayward split a pair of free throws with 2:19 left to put the Jazz up by one. James Harden then made two to put Houston up by one. On the next play the Jazz had a 24 second shot clock turnover, only to have Beverley hit a three. Boom. Rockets up 85-82. So obviously we have Mack drill a three out of the time out to tie it up again. With less than a minute left in this game it was a) all tied up, and b) in the balance for either club.

Gordon Hayward had a clutch steal and got fouled -- and even better -- made all of his free throws to put the Jazz up by two. Houston got the ball to Dwight with 0:22 left and he dunked it home for the tie. Quin didn't call a time out in response and Rodney Hood got the ball to Derrick Favors who dunked it in response with 1.6 seconds left on the clock.

Harden missed a three, game over. Jazz win. Eff you, Houston.

This was a statement win. This close to the playoffs, going head to head against your competition. Getting it done in the fourth? Making your free throws down the stretch? Forget that, coming back from a billion on the road? This is am amazing win for this Jazz team -- coming into its' prime.

Player MIN PTS M A FG% M A 3PT% M A FT% O D REB AST TO STL BLK PF +/- PRASB /min
1 Shelvin Mack 33 16 6 12 50.0% 3 7 42.9% 1 2 50.0% 0 2 2 3 6 2 0 1 -2 23 0.70
2 Rodney Hood 38 7 2 11 18.2% 1 7 14.3% 2 2 100.0% 0 5 5 4 4 1 0 4 7 17 0.45
3 Gordon Hayward 40 22 5 11 45.5% 2 4 50.0% 10 12 83.3% 1 5 6 5 1 4 1 2 7 38 0.95
4 Derrick Favors 36 17 7 15 46.7% 0 0 -- 3 4 75.0% 6 9 15 4 3 0 3 2 8 39 1.08
5 Rudy Gobert 23 2 1 7 14.3% 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 4 3 7 1 4 0 0 2 -14 10 0.43
6 Raul Neto 15 9 3 6 50.0% 3 4 75.0% 0 0 -- 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 4 12 0.80
7 Joe Ingles 15 6 2 3 66.7% 2 3 66.7% 0 0 -- 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 1 9 0.60
8 Chris Johnson 5 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -6 0 0.00
9 Trey Lyles 10 0 0 5 0.0% 0 3 0.0% 0 0 -- 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 -9 3 0.30
10 Trevor Booker 26 10 5 6 83.3% 0 1 0.0% 0 0 -- 1 4 5 4 1 1 1 2 14 21 0.81
11 Trey Burke DNPCD
12 Jeff Withey DNPCD
x Dante Exum
x Alec Burks
x Tibor Pleiss

This wasn't Gobert's best game of his career, but he's tough enough to come back strong in the next game. Snyder got solid bench contributions from Neto and Booker, while Joe continues to be really hot right now from deep. After this game no one can say that Gordon Hayward is overrated. This is one for his career resume. Bravo. Oh, also Happy Birthday Gordon.

For their club Harden missed a quadruple double, 26 points, 10 assists, 8 steals, and 7 rebounds. He didn't get much help from his friends. I'm fine with that.

It's all 2-2 in the season series for these two clubs. This was an important game to get, and as of right now, this was the game of the season.

The Jazz have two games left on this five game road trip. They play tomorrow night on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder -- the second night of a back to back. And then they play on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the third game in four nights. Utah needs just one more win on this trip to be in a good finishing position.

GO JAZZ GO!