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Rockets crush the Utah Jazz by 38

The 38 point victory is the Rockets' largest margin of victory this season

Posted: March 17, 2014 -- 10:23 pm CDT.

HOUSTON, TX (Toyota Center) -- Terrence Jones scored an efficient 30 points; and, Omer Asik added a 12 points, 11 rebounds double-double as the Rockets obliterated the Utah Jazz 124-86 Monday night in front of an announced crowd of 18,156 fans. The 38 point victory is the Rockets' largest margin of victory this season.

Asik started for Dwight Howard as Howard missed tonight's game with a mild left ankle sprain.

The game was close after the first quarter as the Rockets led 28-20; but, the Rockets outscored the Jazz 32-21 in the second quarter as Patrick Beverley scored 10 of his 19 points in the second period.

"I thought Pat came out with really high energy," Kevin McHale said. "He was buzzing around out there. Terrence played really well and got us going and had a really good game."

Terrence Jones scored 13 points (4 of 5 field goals) in the third quarter to help the Rockets outscore the Jazz 32-28 in the third stanza.

Jones scored a game-high 30 points (11 of 15 field goals, 3 of 4 threes, 5 of 7 free throws) and blocked four shots. Jones has scored at least 20 points eight times this season; and, the Rockets are a perfect 8-0 in those games.

The Rockets' ball movement was sensational in the ball game as 31 of the Rockets' 46 buckets came from assists which helped the Rockets shoot a season-best 58.2% from the floor (46 for 79, 13 for 25 from three).

Donatas Motiejunas pulled down 11 boards for his second double-figure rebounding game of 2013-'14.

"I thought D-Mo was really good tonight," McHale commented. "He took a bunch of charges. He was really solid and had eleven rebounds.

"Terrence is a guy that can really effect the game. The same thing with D-Mo. They both can handle the ball. They both move well without the ball; they both can dribble hand-off and pass and do some things. For twenty-two year-old kids, they're both very good. In fact, they're just going to keep getting better."

The Rockets have now won a season-best nine consecutive home games.

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