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« on: April 11, 2018, 08:30:57 PM »

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder explained his teams offensive explosion Tuesday night in the most basic way -- they made shots.Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 31 points, helping the Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 120-101 for their season-best fourth straight win.Sometimes its as simple as that, Snyder said. Weve been getting some pretty good looks. Tonight the ball went into the basket.You take it when you can get it because sometimes it goes the other way.Utah started strong en route to a season high for scoring. Rodney Hood had 10 points during a 20-5 first-quarter run after trailing 16-9, and Houston never led again. Hood finished with 19 points.Rudy Gobert recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Hayward had seven assists and five rebounds.James Harden scored 26 points but was an inefficient 8 for 23 from the field. He also had seven assists and five rebounds, while Eric Gordon scored 24 points off the bench.Hayward said the game was won on the defensive end by forcing Harden into tough shots and keeping everyone else in check.I started to get some better looks in the fourth quarter and got in a little bit of a rhythm, Hayward said. Teammates found me in good spots. Able to knock down some shots and see the ball go in. And that was that.We wanted to make sure that we made some of their guys guard. Theyre so good on the offensive end, thats kind of what they want to get to.Utah rolled through the first half behind some dead-eye shooting from the entire roster. The team shot 54.8 percent from the field, including nine 3-pointers, to take a 62-50 lead into the break. The Rockets were 4 for 17 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, accounting for the biggest difference between the teams in the half.We were a step slow at everything, Rockets coach Mike DAntoni said. When we switched, we didnt switch out. We didnt pick up at the right points. Defensively, we just did not bring everything we had. Whether were tired or whatever the reason, it doesnt matter. Well try to figure that out. But we didnt have the same intensity.I just thought the whole game it looked like we were running in mud.TIP-INSRockets: Houston is 5-2 since Patrick Beverley returned from knee surgery. ... The Rockets are 2-1 during the current five-game road trip. ... They made 11 3s and have hit at least 10 3-pointers in their last 17 games, an NBA record.Jazz: The 62 first-half points were a season high. ... Utah is 10-2 when leading at halftime. ... Derrick Favors missed his seventh consecutive game with a left knee bone contusion. ... The 55.4 shooting percentage was a season high.ANOTHER INJURYHood left in the third quarter with a right hamstring strain and did not return. The Jazz have been plagued by injuries again this year as Hayward, George Hill, Favors, Boris Diaw and Alec Burks have all missed time due to injury.GO, GO, GOMike DAntoni wants his teams to play fast, and thats usually a player-friendly system. The Rockets coach, however, said its easier said than done.All players say they want to run and most players dont, actually, he explained. Its sexy to say, yeah, were a running team. But it does take some mental energy to go out and do that every day and just get into the habit.Ive done both ways. I think its more taxing to play halfcourt basketball and slug it out with somebody than to run around. But they fall back into old habits and old habits are just walking the ball down. Thats hard to break up sometimes.QUOTABLEThey wanted us to score 1-on-1, Gordon said. They didnt want us to kick out for 3s and thats why you didnt see a lot of that.UP NEXTRockets: Travels to play the Warriors on Thursday night for the first time this season in a meeting of former Thunder stars James Harden and Kevin Durant.Jazz: Host the Heat on Thursday night. The Jazz won their previous meeting by 11 nearly three weeks ago. Sky Sports F1 pundit Johnny Herbert is keeping faith with Lewis Hamilton and is backing the world champion to finally secure his first win of the season in the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. Hamilton has made a torrid start to the season and already trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 43 points in the race for the Drivers Championship.The 31-year-old has already suffered two separate engine failures and his chances of denying Rosberg a fourth straight win in the Russian GP were brought to a halt by a water pressure leak as he had to settle for second place. But Herbert thinks Hamiltons performance in Sochi will have given him a huge boost and feels his luck will finally turn in Barcelona and is prepared to back the Briton at 5/4 with Sky Bet.The F1 analyst said: Eventually you feel that Lewis is going to have a clear weekend where he isnt hit with mechanical troubles, makes a good start and if so Id back him to get his first win of the season.I dont believe hes driving badly, his drive to finish second in Russia showed that he just needs a little more luck and this weekend Ive got a good feeling he might get it. Herberts Tips Johnnys tipping Lewis Hamilton to complete a race hat-trick (win, pole, fastest lap) at 9/2 The former F1 driver is also prepared to take a punt on Hamilton to complete a race hat-trick (win, pole and fastest lap) at odds of 9/2 and end Rosbergs 100 per cent record this season.ddddddddddddHe said: Im putting a lot of faith in Lewis this weekend but I like the price for the hat-trick and hes in the fastest car, why shouldnt he claim pole, the fastest lap and career win number 44.Herbert successfully tipped up Sergio Perez to secure his first points of the season at 6/4 in Sochi and is again siding with the Force India driver on the Circuit de Catalunya at odds of 11/8 to get in the points.Force India are bringing some major upgrades to their car which should help them around this Barcelona track, he added.Despite getting a puncture in Russia, Sergio still battled back to claim his first points of the season and Im expecting him to follow that up with a strong showing on Sunday.Johnny Herberts Charity tips this season are supporting Sporting Memories. 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