Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets: Postgame Grades and Analysis
Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

The Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets faced off Saturday night for the second time in the 2012-'13 season, and this time Houston was able to even the series with a 124-116 victory.

The Jazz was the first team in this one to gain momentum, as they jumped out to an early 11-4 lead. They were more efficient on offense, more aggressive on defense and they were scoring the ball from both the inside and the outside. Their lead was short-lived, though, as the Rockets tied the game 28-28 by the end of the first quarter, and took a nine-point lead into halftime.

It didn't take long for Utah to close the gap in the third period, as they started the second half similarly to how they started the game. Houston gave them a number of open looks, and the Jazz took full advantage. The three-point shot was falling, and they tied the game yet again just four minutes into the third quarter.

In familiar fashion, this game was back and forth through the rest of the third. Each team had mini runs, but neither was able to officially take over.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Jazz had a one-point lead, but Houston came out looking like a new squad. They were turning defense into offense and scoring both at the rim and beyond the three-point line. They took the lead early, and were able to close out the game late with the home crowd behind them.

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