Hayward scores 15 as Jazz beat Rockets 102-91

Hayward scores 15 as Jazz beat Rockets 102-91
November 19, 2012, 11:40 pm
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Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, right, lays the ball up as Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday. Nov. 19, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Reserve Gordon Hayward scored 15 points, Al Jefferson had 14 points and 16 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the road-weary Houston Rockets 102-91 on Monday night.

Randy Foye hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Jazz, who led by as many as 23 in the first half after opening the second quarter with a 13-0 run. Utah led by 17 at halftime.

The Rockets pulled within nine late in the third, but Houston wouldn't get any closer with leading scorer James Harden on the bench with a fever and upper-respiratory infection. Harden started 0 of 6 and finished with six points in 17 minutes before exiting just before halftime.

Patrick Patterson scored a season-high 19 points and Jeremy Lin added 13 for Houston, which lost its third straight.