|Date of game: 1/10/2015
Recap: Houston vs. Utah
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets forced 31 turnovers in a lopsided 97-82 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.
Donatas Motiejunas chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who cashed in with 38 points off turnovers and 28 fastbreak points.
Trey Burke and Enes Kanter each scored 16 points to lead the Jazz, who were coming off a loss in Oklahoma City on Friday.
"You can't turn the ball over that much and expect to win," Burke said.
Houston scored 12 of the last 15 points of the first half to turn a tight contest into a 46-37 lead at the break.
Harden poured in 12 more points in the third and the Rockets extended their lead to 21 thanks to another late run.
Corey Brewer connected on a 3-pointer and a layup off a steal inside the final minute to give the hosts a healthy 78-57 advantage after three.
Utah pulled within nine inside five minutes remaining, but consecutive Harden 3-pointers around a shot clock violation provided enough cushion for an easy win.
"We picked up our defense the last couple of games," Harden said. "We're catching a rhythm."Game Notes
Harden leads the NBA with 15 games of 30-plus points ... The Jazz averaged
14.7 turnovers coming in ... Derrick Favors scored 15 points for the Jazz ...
Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley and Josh Smith all contributed 10 points for