Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Monday, November 2nd
Game 2: Tuesday, February 16th
Game 3: Saturday, February 27th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th

Rockets 110

(29-29, 13-16 away)

Jazz 133

(38-21, 24-8 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    9:00 PM ET, February 27, 2010

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 35 24 35 16110
    UTAH 39 31 37 26133

    Top Performers

    Hou: K. Martin 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    UTAH: D. Williams 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Blk

    Williams directs Jazz to rout of slumping Rockets

    Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Deron Williams says he plays better when he's angry.

    After the Utah Jazz lost Friday night in Sacramento, Williams was steaming mad and took it out on the Houston Rockets.

    "I felt a lot of motivation. I wasn't happy with the way I've been playing, so I wanted to come out and set the tone early," said Williams, who scored 20 of his 35 points in the first quarter in Utah's 133-110 victory over Houston on Saturday night.

    "As soon as the last game was over, I was ready for this one. I could feel it coming on."

    Williams was 13 of 17 from the field, and had 13 assists and seven rebounds to help the Jazz set a season high for points.

    Carlos Boozer, Paul Millsap and Wes Matthews each added 18 points and the Jazz made a season-best 14 3-pointers.

    Kevin Martin led Houston with 32 points, and Aaron Brooks had 19.

    Martin could see Williams' determination from the start. In the opening minutes, he asked Williams, "You are really feeling it tonight, huh?"

    Williams replied, "You know, I just had a bad game last night."

    "Great players in this league, that's what they do," Martin said. "Have a bad game the night before and they come out looking aggressive in the next."

    Houston played without Shane Battier (flu-like symptoms) for the first time this season, and Trevor Ariza (hip) sat out his third straight game.

    "They didn't have a guy who could stay in front of him. He just kept taking it to them," Boozer said of Williams, who was 4 for 4 from 3-point range as the Jazz finished 14 of 25.

    Both teams played Friday night and arrived in Utah early Saturday. But Williams, who has battled nagging wrist and thigh injuries, was ready to go from the tip.

    "I've been a little passive to start games and it kind of hurts me because it takes a while to get into a groove," Williams said.

    Williams, averaging 14.3 points on 31.1 percent shooting over his prior four games, had a career-best 20 points in the first quarter and the Jazz took the lead for good. He also had six assists in the opening period as the Jazz shot 85 percent.

    "Deron got hot in the beginning but he made sure to create opportunities for the rest of us in the second half. We were so wide open," Okur said.

    Utah hasn't lost consecutive games since the first two games of the 2010. The Rockets, coming off a win in San Antonio on Friday night, are 2-7 in their last nine games.

    Game notes

    The Jazz are 8-1 when playing in their green throwback jerseys. ... The Jazz are 16-13 when Williams fails to reach 20 points. ... The Jazz have won four of their last five games against the Rockets.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 133
    FGM-FGA 35-79 (.443) 52-77 (.675)
    3PM-3PA 6-21 (.286) 14-25 (.560)
    FTM-FTA 34-42 (.810) 15-26 (.577)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-34 5-39
    Assists 21 36
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 0 7
    Fast Break Points 19 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 31 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 25

    Top Performers

    Kevin Martin Martin
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Deron Williams Williams
    Points: 35
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1