Kyle Lowry’s triple-double lifts the Houston Rockets over the Utah Jazz 110 – 108

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Kyle Lowry’s triple-double lifts the Houston Rockets over the Utah Jazz 110 – 108

On Sunday night at the Toyota Centre, Kyle Lowry registered the maiden triple-double of his four-year career as he propelled the Houston Rockets to a 110 -108 win over the Utah Jazz in a closely fought humdinger. Lowry filled-up his stat line with 28 points, 10 assists, 11 rebounds, and three steals while going 9-for-14 from the floor.

Rockets centre Chuck Hayes said. "He's our floor general. He's going to get whoever is in rhythm their shot. ... Right now he's playing great, not only from a statistical standpoint, but [also] from a leader standpoint."

Kevin Martin also pounded in 34 points and made all 18 of his free-throws to move the Houston Rockets into the ninth spot in the Western Conference rankings. Memphis now has a narrow 1 ½ game lead over the Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Houston made all 17 of its free-throws in the deciding fourth quarter to separate itself from the Jazz and find the win.

"The intensity of that game was very competitive," Lowry said. "No one wanted to give in."

The Rockets finished the first quarter off in style with a 15 – 4 run to take an 11 point lead at the end of the first. Back to Back treys by Goran Dragic and Kevin Martin invigorated the Houston lead further, as the Rockets led 46 – 34 late in the second quarter. The Rockets went 7-for-12 from behind the three-point arc early in the game.

Andrei Kirilenko shot a three, and Paul Millsap scored down-low to help Utah slash the lead just before the halftime horn. Lowry, however drained one in from downtown in the closing moments of the first half as the Rockets went into the break with a 55 -47 lead.

The Rockets were struck with a blow early in the second quarter when Chase Budinger sprained his ankle and went out of the game; he was seen wearing a walking boot after the game. His departure took the steam out of the Houston offense early in the period as Devin Harris keyed the Jazz to a 10-2 run.

Paul Millsap’s converted a three-point play in the ensuing passage to tie the game at 65 points apiece. Millsap and Jefferson added seven points apiece in the third quarter to buoy the Jazz.

Utah outscored the Rockets 28 – 22 in the third quarter to finish it trailing by just two points. The fourth quarter was keenly contested, but the Rockets kept their cool to win it in the end by two points.

Paul Millsap stepped up his game in the final period with some impressive play, scoring 17 points while going 5-for-6 from the floor to keep the Jazz in the game. He returned after missing five games due to knee tendinitis, and scored 35 points in a comeback performance.

Al Jefferson registered a double-double for the Jazz with 17 points and 19 rebounds on the night. Kyle Lowry was the knockout blow for Utah, as the six-foot guard for the Rockets now has a streak of 12 straight-games in which he has scored in double figures.

"Kyle has been the guy that we've leaned on," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "He's been our playmaker. He's just been terrific."

With this victory Houston Coach Rick Adelman moved into ninth position on the all-time NBA regular season coaching wins list.

 

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