The Utah Jazz took hold of the game in the first half and never let go on Monday night, thumping the Houston Rockets, 102-91.
The game was dominated by the Jazz in the first half, getting off to a 61-44 advantage through the first 24 minutes.
They cooled off in the second half, but the advantage on the glass (55 to 49) and the defense (held Houston to 35 percent shooting) was ultimately the difference.
Four different Jazz players scored in double figures, and Marvin Williams came off the bench to score 12 points.
James Harden, who has been Houston's star this season after an offseason trade, had his first bad night of the campaign, going 1-of-6 with six points. Of course, he was battling the flu and was taken out of the game after the first half.
Player of the Game: Al Jefferson, C, Utah Jazz
While no starter shot particularly great for the Jazz on Monday night, Jefferson did post 14 points and collect 16 rebounds while adding one block and one steal.
Jefferson was part of a strong defensive effort by Utah.
Up Next for Rockets
Houston will host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. The Bulls are 5-5 this season, led by Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.
Up Next for Jazz
Utah hosts the Sacramento Kings on Friday. The Kings are 2-8 this season. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 17.8 points and 10.3 rebounds.