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                         === Rockets hold off Jazz ===
 Houston,  TX (Sports Network) - Patrick Patterson had 20 points and was one of
 seven Houston players to score in double-digits as the Rockets used a late run
 to take a 124-116 win over the Utah Jazz.
 Chandler  Parsons  and Jeremy  Lin each  had 19 points,  James Harden added 18
 points  and seven  assists while Omer Asik  posted 14 points and 12 boards for
 the  Rockets,  who have  won four  of their  last five.  Greg Smith and Carlos
 Delfino each posted 13 points off the bench.
 "Utah  is a real  physical team. I think it took us a while to realize just to
 get  a feel for  them," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Some teams we play
 are finesse teams. This team will rattle your cage."
 Gordon Hayward scored 21 points while Al Jefferson and Randy Foye each gave 20
 points for the Jazz, who have dropped their past two games.
 Houston  had a 10-point lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play, but the Jazz answered
 with a 12-2 run and tied the game when Foye drained a 3-pointer with just over
 five minutes left.
 A  bit  later, Patterson hit  a 3-pointer and,  after several misses for Utah,
 Harden got a layup. Asik then blocked a Jefferson jumper and Lin followed with
 a short jumper for a 116-109 lead with 2:42 to play.
 A  Jefferson layup got Utah within five points with 1:45 left in the game, but
 Asik's three-point play gave Houston an 8-point advantage with 1:20 to play.
 Paul  Millsap kept  Utah's hopes alive with a 3-pointer, but Parsons killed it
 with a 3-ball of his own to give the home team the victory.
 "Any  loss  is a disappointing loss,"  Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We just
 didn't finish it off."
 The  game  was tied at 28-all  after the first  12 minutes, but Houston used a
 strong second quarter to give the team a 58-49 lead going into the break.
 Utah  closed the  gap in the third quarter  and was able to take an 86-85 lead
 into the final frame as Foye capped the scoring in the frame with a 3-pointer.
                                   Game Notes
 Utah  had won three straight in the series, including a 102-91 matchup in Utah
 on  Nov. 19 ...  Utah hosts the LA Clippers on Monday ... Houston hosts the LA
 Lakers  on Tuesday ...  Houston made 55.4 percent of its shots while Utah made
 51.1 percent from the floor.
 12/02 01:41:24 ET

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