Rockets losing streak at 5 after 135-101 loss to Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) – Five losses, and counting, for the Rockets as they try to figure out how to get at least one more win before the All-Star break.

Eric Gordon, Jae’Sean Tate and Kevin Porter, Jr. each scored 14 goals for the Rockets, in their 135-101 loss to the surging Jazz.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green (0) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Monday Feb. 14, 2022 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Rockets shot well for most of the game, but saw a lot of finger-pointing and talking after defensive breakdowns and missed passes. The Rockets hold the worst record in the Western Conference and since beating the Jazz 10 games ago, but have since gone 1-9.

Houston coach Stephen Silas pinned him on defense.

Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas reacts during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

“They were coming down on their records. They were offensive rebounders. They had 10 offensive rebounds in the first half,” Silas said. “Once they got into the paint, it was the kicks to the 3-point shooters.”

CITABLE

“We just need to be more connected, defensive side and attacking side as well. We have to do it together. That’s what Phoenix and all good teams do – even Utah tonight – moving the ball, defensively very connected. I think when we get on the same page and sacrifice for each other, I think we’ll move on to the next step. – Dennis Schroder in his first game with the Rockets after being traded from the Boston Celtics.

ADVICE

Rockets: Houston shot 50 percent or better from 2 and 3 points in the first half and was still trailing 25 points at the break. … Porter had eight assists. … The Rockets outscored the Jazz 19-13 on quick break points.

Jazz: Rudy Gay missed his fourth game with right knee pain. … In the first half, Conley and Mitchell combined for 13 assists, the number of assists for all the Rockets. … Whiteside and Bogdanovic also committed technical fouls.

FOLLOWING

Rockets: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday.

Jazz: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

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