SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Utah azz az returned with a victory, though none they wanted to celebrate.
“We did not do a good job tonight, I think it’s a good thing we won, but we have to be better,” said Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell had 28 points, eight assists and seven assists, and the Jazz opened the second half of the season with a 114-99 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
“Very poor on many levels,” said coach Quinn Snyder. “We gave up paint, we gave up everything, we gave up 3. We were lucky that they did not hit more, because we were porous in terms of defense. They had everything they wanted on the offensive glass. We toured it 20 times. “There was not much that we did well tonight,” he said.
The only bright spot that Snyder allowed was that. “We did the last three minutes.”
For the first time since March 3, NBA leaders defeated the Rockets for the 15th time in a row. Mike Conley added 20 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks when the jazz returned to normal after leaving the last two games of the first half.
Bojan Bogdanovich և Jordan ordan Clarkson scored 15 points each, but the Jazz needed a late run to close the Rockets.
Kevin Porter Jr. scored a maximum of 27 points for Houston this season. He was 1 out of 9 out of 3 points, and 11 out of 25 in total. Sterling Brown և Kenyon Martin Jr. scored 15 points each.
“They played free, without John Ony (Wall), without Christian (Wood) without Vic (Oladipo) – they played free, they came to attack us. “Everyone is coming to attack us. We have to be ready,” Mitchell said.
The rocket launcher is the longest since 15 consecutive defeats since 2001. Houston’s last win came on February 4 against Memphis.
After suffering three to four defeats before the All-Star break, the Jazz sought to recapture the egg that had won 22 of their 24 games, keeping them at the top of the NBA standings.
The short-handed Rockets had only nine healthy players, most of whom were on the bench or out of the league this year, but the jazz still looked rusty at times.
After falling 23 behind in the third quarter, the Rockets reduced the lead to 94-90 in the fourth with a Jae’Sean Tate 3-meter shot by David Nwaba.
“We were getting big stops, we were covering, even though we were not big enough. “I thought we did a good job, just fighting, just staying positive,” Nwaba said.
During the 16-2 run, the Rockets forced the jazz to make three consecutive misses and then the turning three to return.
“We have a group of boys who play with difficulty, they just leave it on the floor. We knew they were the No. 1 team in the West. “We have a young talent, we just tried to go out and show what we can do without everyone,” said Martin.
After watching the incredible collection of missiles from the bench, Mitchell returns to the field, blooming, helping Clarkson, Royce O’Neill to double the score with a 3-meter kick, fell on the court, slowly walked to the bench in the next half. He continued to play, but scored only one point the rest of the way.
The Azz Azeris finished the game 12-3, which was fueled by Conley’s timing of defense under Gobert. At the same time, the tired Rockets missed 10 of the final 11 attempts on goal.
Hastin Patton has scored 13 points in his career at Houston.
With nine players in the first quarter, McLemore and Tate ուն Brown had at least two fouls, 3:46, when the jazzers repeatedly went to the basket. The missiles stopped the violations, but they also stopped defending effectively.
At the end of the half, Mitchell had 18 points and the jazz made 21 free throws, 19 to take a 65-48 lead.
Missiles. Coach Steven Silas unsuccessfully challenged a blunder when Porter hit Mitchell 3. On the 12th. Ռ The Rockets outscored the Jazz 24-9, with 19 attacking shots. Ները The missiles went from 9 to 9 during the 3-point shot, and only 8 from 13 from the free throw line.
Azz ազ. Utah now has 5,600 fans, up from 3,900 during the break. : Veterans striker Ersan Ilyasova, who has not played in the NBA this season, joined the Azz Aziz during the All-Stars break but did not play on Friday. Azz az had 20 turnovers, including several missed.
Missiles did not have Wood (ankle), Wall (knee), Danuel House Jr. (knee) և Eric Gordon (groin). Gordon was planning to move to MTT Utah, and early reports predicted he would be out in a month or more.
Less than four days after his release, new guard Mason Ons was back in uniform under a 10-day contract signed on the day of the game.
THE DEATH OF THE LONG-TERM THEATER IS AWARDED BY AZ
Doug Birrell, who was a jazz massage therapist for more than 20 seasons and had previously been a personal therapist for John von Stockton and Carl Malone, died this week of cancer at the age of 51.
The players said that his transfer affected them, especially those who were in the team for several seasons. He had an enthusiastic, funny personality who was a large part of the organization outside of court.
Joe Ingles said. “It was a difficult week. Doug has been such a massive part of our organization for 21 years, it is very sad that he is not with us for the first time. That’s not an excuse, but I thought about it a lot. “
Missiles. Host the Boston Celtics on Sunday to kick off the home game of seven games.
Azz ազ. Visit the Golden State Warriors on Sunday to start the five-person jog.