Williams lifts Jazz past Rockets 109-103

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013
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Burke started the season on the injured list with a broken finger but has found his rhythm in the past few games. His hot play has coincided with Utah's best stretch of the season as the Jazz have won three of four after dropping 14 of their first 15 games.

"It's a matter of the players and coaches having confidence in me and just taking what the defense is giving me," Burke said.

The Jazz put the ball in the rookie's hands and let him make plays down the stretch. In the fourth quarter, Burke had seven points and six assists and marked a career-best in points for second straight game. Add in Hayward's savvy all-court game and the Jazz finally look like a formidable team at times.

"The greatest thing was (Hayward and Burke) made plays for their teammates," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They attacked and were able to get everybody involved and it threw (Houston) off a little bit."

Hayward made 12 of 18 shots to regain his shooting confidence. His early hot streak sparked the Jazz to lead by as many as 14 points in the first half. Over the previous nine games, Hayward made just 36 of 123 attempts for 29 percent.

"I got going early by getting some easy buckets in transition and anytime you see the ball go through the hoop like that, it sets the tone," said Hayward, who had 17 points in the first quarter.

The Jazz shot 59 percent from 3-point range, while Houston hit 32 percent (9 of 28) from beyond the arc.

The two teams played here exactly one month ago when Chandler Parsons scored 24 points and the Rockets outscored the Jazz 64-37 in the second half to win 104-93. Parsons sat out this game with a sore back and the Rockets had only Harden and Aaron Brooks, who had 13 points, as playmakers in the fourth quarter.

"We had plenty of guys to win this game today. It had nothing to do with who wasn't there," Houston coach Kevin McHale said.

Since Burke recovered sufficiently to play starter minutes, the Jazz have reached 100 points in three games for the first time all season. Before this run, Utah only had one contest in which they topped the century mark.

NOTES: Jeremy Lin missed his third game with a sprained and bruised right knee. ... Houston was outscored 36-23 in the first quarter. ... The Rockets had 54 points in the paint.



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