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3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 114-113 victory at the Houston Rockets

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) high-fives a fan after shooting the game-winning three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Houston.
Eric Christian Smith, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic drilled a long-range 3-pointer at the buzzer in between two defenders to lift the Utah Jazz past the Houston Rockets 114-113 at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday evening.

“I think the thing about that game and that group is that they trusted each other,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said in his postgame interview. “… It was a terrific win.”

Here are three takeaways that defined the game:

  • Utah (34-18) built its biggest lead at seven points at 107-100 by using a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, including Bogdanovic’s first 3 of the night. Houston closed back within two before the Jazz took a 109-105 lead into the final minute. The Rockets (33-20) outscored Utah 7-2 in the final minute — including a go-ahead 3 from P.J. Tucker with 1.6 seconds to play — before Bogdanovic hit the winner, Utah’s 15th 3-pointer of the game. Bogdanovic had an unusual quiet offensive night, scoring eight points on 2 of 7 shooting.
  • Jordan Clarkson sparked the Jazz offense off the bench, pouring in a team-high 30 points while shooting 12 of 19 from the field and hitting three 3-pointers. Utah had a 47-13 edge in bench points.
  • Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 39 points, while James Harden had a triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Houston in the back-and-forth contest. The Jazz countered with 24 points and six assists from Donovan Mitchell, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, and 20 points and six assists from Mike Conley. Rudy Gobert added a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Jazz had the edge in rebounds (48-36) and assists (25-20).

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Monday at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. MST

Wednesday vs. Miami, 7 p.m.

Friday vs. San Antonio, 7 p.m.