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Millsap carries Utah to OT win in Houston

Paul Millsap scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime and the Utah Jazz rallied from another double-digit deficit in a 103-99 win over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Al Jefferson had 24 points and 13 rebounds and C.J. Miles added 16 points for the Jazz, who have come back to win 12 times this season after trailing by at least 10 points. Deron Williams went 5 for 16 from the field but dished out 15 assists.

Luis Scola had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Martin scored 20 for the Rockets, who have lost five in a row.

Utah trailed by as many as 16 points but held Houston to 13 field goals after halftime to close the gap.

Millsap led Utah's final push in the fourth quarter, hitting two free throws and scoring three baskets inside to tie it 86-all with 1:29 left. He was fouled by Brad Miller on a layup and made the free throw to give the Jazz their first lead.

Utah led 89-87 when Martin hit a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left to tie it again. Millsap missed an off-balance jumper and Shane Battier rebounded with 2.8 seconds remaining.

The Jazz knocked the ball away from Martin and out of bounds with 0.2 showing on the clock. Kyle Lowry missed a desperation shot as regulation time expired.

Millsap swished three straight jumpers from the free throw line in the extra period to give Utah control. Scola flipped in a hook shot with 34 seconds to go, but Millsap sneaked inside for a layup to put the game away.

The Rockets went 3 for 25 from 3-point range and shot 38 percent (34 of 90) overall.

At the start, the Jazz sputtered offensively, missing 13 of their first 18 shots. Utah came in averaging 22.9 points in the first quarter, 28th in the NBA.

Scola scored 10 points in the opening quarter and the Rockets went up 27-19.

Utah continued to miss shots in the second quarter, starting 2 for 7 from the field and giving away two turnovers in the first 5 minutes.

Courtney Lee followed Patrick Patterson's miss from the baseline with a one-handed dunk to put the Rockets ahead 35-24. Miller sank a 3-pointer with 4:07 left in the half to stretch the lead to 16.

Utah shot 41 percent (16 of 39) from the field and went 1 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half to trail 52-38 at the break.

Jefferson scored the first five points of the second half while the Rockets came out cold, missing six of their first seven shots.

Jefferson scored 14 points in the third quarter and the Jazz trailed only 67-64 heading to the fourth. Houston went 4 for 20 from the field in the third.

Williams sank his first 3-pointer with 6:47 left to cut Houston's lead to 78-73. Scola scored twice in the next minute to push the lead back to nine, but the Rockets scored only seven points over the final 5 minutes of regulation.

NOTES: The Jazz trailed by at least 10 points at halftime for the 12th time this season. ... Utah improved to 18-1 this season when scoring 100 points. ... Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks sat out for the third straight game with a left ankle sprain. ... Martin has scored at least 20 points in 14 of his last 17 games.