Parsons, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, kept the Rockets in the game with 20 points in the first half, when the Jazz outrebounded Houston 27-12 and dominated the paint.
"I was struggling the first two games, especially with my shot," Parsons said. "And then in this one, the other guys were struggling and I finally had it going. My teammates believed in me and I was shooting with confidence."
The Jazz led 56-37 just before the half, following a stretch that featured a dunk by Gordon Hayward and a layup by Derrick Favors that brought the crowd to its feet.
"In the first half, we were just letting them score, letting them make their cuts, and doing whatever they wanted. They were outhustling us," Harden said.
Howard finished with 15 points playing against Utah's young frontcourt of Kanter and Favors most of the game.
But Utah had no answer for the Rockets' defensive pressure and Harden's playmaking in the second half.
"We have the potential to be a very good defensive team. With those two big guys (Howard, Omer Asik) behind us, it makes us want to be more aggressive and we were out in passing lanes, disrupting their offense and making them uncomfortable," Parsons said.
The Jazz began missing shots and Houston was able to unleash its fast break and went 23 for 36 in final two quarters. Once Harden started breaking down Utah's defense, the Rockets began finding open shots all over the court.
"In the second half, it was vice versa. We got every loose ball, rebounded the ball and got out in transition. We played our basketball," Harden said.
NOTES: Harden was limping slightly after the game but said he was fine and didn't get immediate treatment. . Lin played with a big bandage on his chin after he received stitches in Friday's game against Dallas. . The Rockets outrebounded Utah in the second half 28-12. . Utah shot 4 of 22 from beyond the arc.
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