SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Houston Rockets guard James Harden was feeling ill before the game, with a fever and upper-respiratory infection.
The Utah Jazz really made him feel even worse when they went on a 13-0 run to open the second quarter, ultimately the difference in a 102-91 victory on Monday night over the road-weary Rockets.
"That's flat-out defense," said Jazz forward Marvin Williams, who started the run with one of his three 3-pointers. "We played with a ton of energy and got them to miss shots and converted on the other end. That opened it up for us."
Reserve Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and Al Jefferson had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Jazz, who evened their record at 6-6.
Hayward, who has come off the bench the last two games along with Marvin Williams, scored on a fast-break layup to keep the run going.
Then big man Enes Kanter took over.
He was a force inside with back-to-back blocks of Terrence Jones and Toney Douglas and a high-flying dunk off an alley-oop pass from DeMarre Carroll. Derrick Favors also was tough in the paint, dunking off another Carroll pass and finishing with two of Utah's 11 blocked shots.
The Jazz held Houston scoreless for the first 4:57 of the second quarter.
"The second group came in and gave us a huge boost, moving the ball against the transition baskets," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "The pace picked up when Marvin came in and made some baskets and we got running from there."
Utah's starters poured it on late in the second, with Jefferson muscling between two defenders and converting a three-point play. Randy Foye's first 3-pointer put Utah up 20 with 3:12 left in the second.
Foye finished with four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Jazz, who led by as many as 23 in the first half. Utah led by 17 at halftime, shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (5 of 10).
The Rockets (4-7) pulled within nine late in the third, but Houston wouldn't get any closer with leading scorer Harden on the bench with a fever. Harden was a game-time decision but coach Kelvin Sampson said he wanted to give it a try. He started 0 of 6 and finished with six points in 17 minutes before exiting just before halftime.
"We shut him down, gave him some medicine and tried to get him ready for Wednesday," Sampson said of Harden, who came in averaging 26 points.
Patrick Patterson tried to pick up the slack, scoring a season-high 19 points, and Jeremy Lin added 13 for Houston, which lost its third straight.
Patterson was disappointed at the effort in transition.