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Old 03-24-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Rockets fall to Jazz 89-87 on Favors' last-second dunk

Derrick Favors' dunk with 1.6 seconds left lifted the Utah Jazz to an 89-87 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Gordon Hayward had 22 points as Utah moved a half-game ahead of Houston into the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff standings.

The Jazz trailed by as many as 18 in the second half before rallying for their first lead of the game with about 4 minutes left. The teams exchanged leads several times after that before Dwight Howard tied it on a dunk with 22.3 seconds remaining.

Rodney Hood then found Favors, who finished with 17 points, under the basket and he finished with the slam to put Utah on top. Houston had a chance to win it after that, but James Harden's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim.

Harden 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a career-high eight steals, but the Rockets dropped their third straight.

The Jazz won in Houston for the first time since April 11, 2012, snapping a six-game skid.

Harden made a pair of free throws to give Houston the lead with less than 2 minutes to play. The Rockets forced a shot clock violation on the other end and Patrick Beverley made a floating jump shot just before Houston's shot clock reached zero to make it 85-82.

Shelvin Mack tied it back up with a 3-pointer and Hayward grabbed a steal and made two free throws to put Utah up 87-85 with 24 seconds left.

Houston opened a 71-62 lead early in the fourth. It was all Jazz for the next couple of minutes as they scored the next eight points, powered by 3s from Hayward and Mack, to get within one.

Harden made a jump shot before Mack struck again, hitting his second 3 of the quarter to tie it at 73 with less than 6 minutes remaining.

Houston quickly regained the lead when Harden made a 3-pointer, grabbed a steal and Trevor Ariza finished with a dunk to make it 78-73.

The Jazz scored six straight points, capped by four free throws by Hayward, to give them their first lead of the game at 79-78.

Donatas Motiejunas opened the second half with a free throw for Houston to push the lead to 50-34. The Jazz scored the next 11 points, with five points from Mack, to get within 50-45 with eight minutes left in the third.

Houston scored six straight points after that to push the lead to 56-45.

Howard had a season-high six blocks, including one on a layup by Rudy Gobert where he sent the ball into the stands in the first quarter.

Houston led 49-34 at halftime.


Jazz: Mack finished with 16 points. ... Favors had 15 rebounds.

Rockets: The 34 points Utah scored in the first half were the fewest Houston had allowed in a first half this season. ... Harden is the first Rocket to have at least 20 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and seven steals since Clyde Drexler did it on Nov. 1, 1996.


Jazz: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday.

Rockets: Host Toronto on Friday.

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