Reserve Gordon Hayward scored 15 points, Al Jefferson had 14 points and 16 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the road-weary Houston Rockets 102-91 on Monday night.
Randy Foye hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Jazz, who led by as many as 23 in the first half after opening the second quarter with a 13-0 run. Utah led by 17 at halftime.
The Rockets pulled within nine late in the third, but Houston wouldn't get any closer with leading scorer James Harden on the bench with a fever and upper-respiratory infection. Harden started 0 of 6 and finished with six points in 17 minutes before exiting just before halftime.
Patrick Patterson scored a season-high 19 points and Jeremy Lin added 13 for Houston, which lost its third straight.
Lin's layup with 6:44 left in the third pulled Houston to 70-60, but Foye's fourth 3-pointer bumped Utah's lead back to 13 points, and Jefferson sank a pair of free throws to make it a 15-point lead.
A 6-0 Houston run, capped by Greg Smith's jam,...