HOUSTON (AP) — Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece, and Rick Adelman became the 11th coach to reach 900 career victories in the Houston Rockets' 113-96 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Chuck Hayes grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Luis Scola added 24 points for the Rockets, who have consecutive victories for the first time since mid-March. Brooks hit five 3-pointers and has 197 this season, a new franchise record.
Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 12 points and seven assists for Utah. The Jazz came in with a half-game lead over Dallas, Denver and Phoenix for the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.
The Jazz were coming off a 140-139 overtime win against Oklahoma City in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night and didn't arrive in Houston until about 4 a.m.
They looked a step slow from the start against the Rockets and trailed 60-46 at halftime. Williams, who scored a career-high 42 points against the Thunder, started 1 for 5 from the field and gave away six of Utah's 14 first-half turnovers.
The Rockets controlled the boards early and built an 11-point lead. Hayes grabbed eight rebounds in the first quarter, two on one Houston possession that resulted in an open perimeter jumper for Martin.
Houston went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and 12 for 22 from the field overall in the first quarter to lead 33-22. The Rockets stretched the lead to 16 early in the second quarter and hit their first seven 3s before Brooks missed with about 5 minutes left in the half.
Houston also went 11 for 14 from the free throw line in the half to preserve a comfortable lead.
Boozer scored Utah's first six points in the third quarter, but Brooks converted a three-point play with 9:32 left to extend Houston's lead to 72-52. A minute later, Williams lost the ball on a fast break, Utah's 17th turnover.
Hayes matched his previous career high for rebounds (17) with five minutes left in the quarter. Brooks swished his fifth 3-pointer with 4:35 left for an 87-61 lead, Houston's biggest of the night.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan kept his starters on the bench in the fourth quarter. In the first minute, Houston backup point guard Kyle Lowry flipped an alley-oop pass to Chase Budinger, who finished with a one-handed dunk to make it 100-77.
The Jazz finished with 26 turnovers that led to 24 points for Houston. Utah also went 3 for 15 from 3-point range.