Everyone knew that the Jazz would miss Derek Favors and Marvin Williams, but it was obvious in the 116 – 124 loss to Huston. Even playing shorthanded with two of the Jazz most reliable unable to play, the Jazz would fight to make it a game. Shooting 51 percent would help six Jazz players get into double figures. Gordon Hayward would lead the way with 21 points, and both “Big” Al Jefferson / Randy Foye coming in second with 20 points each. The Jazz would hit 48 of 94 from the field and 11 for 20 from three point land. Utah showed that it is still trying to find it’s feet.
Unfortunately the Utah Jazz effort and efficiency it was not enough to take down the Houston Rockets. Houston would answer the Jazz’s 51 percent with 59 percent in the first half. Houston’s shooting spree would help lead seven Rockets into double digits. Houston would hit 46 of 83 shots, making 11 for 20 from three point land. With offseason additions like Jeremy Lin and James Harden, the Houston Rockets have become a dangerous team in the West.
This brings Houston’s record to 8-8 and the Jazz record to 9-9. Thankfully for the Utah Jazz the records don’t mean much this early on in the season.