Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gobert posted his fourth double-double in as many games and the Utah Jazz (4-0) remained unbeaten with a 122-91 (18-32, 22-29, 32-31, 19-30) victory over the Houston Rockets (1-4) on Thursday at Toyota Center.

Points this season

Points made: 104,8
Accuracy: 42,6%
Place in standings: 22
Record max: 124
Record min: 91
Best scorer: Christian Wood

Gobert paired 16 points with 14 rebounds while logging 28 minutes for Utah, which led by as many as 36 points in the second half.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points while Donovan Mitchell chipped in 15 points to underscore another balanced attack for the Jazz. Utah placed seven in double figures in points.

Christian Wood scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards for the Rockets, who shot 32.6% overall while missing 35 of 44 3-pointers. Rookie Jalen Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half and was alone in double figures for Houston prior to the break. He shot 3 of 16 overall.

Mitchell ignited the methodical extension of the lead for Utah with his three-point play at the 3:45 mark of the first quarter. He answered a 3-pointer from Rockets rookie Alperen Sengun that had pulled Houston to within 19-16 and keyed a 13-2 Jazz rally that closed the opening frame. Joe Ingles (14 points) had five consecutive points during the run, one that continued in the second.

Utah tacked on a 12-2 surge in the second in pushing to a 44-24 advantage. Jordan Clarkson (16 points) started the rally with a 3-pointer and Ingles concluded it with a 3 at the 8:02 mark. In the interim, Eric Paschall followed his three-point play with a 3-pointer to keep the Jazz rolling.

The Rockets, undone by their poor shooting, could do little to stem the tide. While Utah moved to its largest lead of the first half at 54-28, the Rockets were 3 for 18 from behind the arc. Houston managed to shave five points off that deficit by the intermission but closed the half missing 20 of 23 3-pointers. The Jazz and Rockets recorded the same number of shot attempts prior to the break, 42, but Utah finished plus-10 in made baskets en route to a 61-40 lead.

When Mitchell drilled a 3 with 6:25 left in the third, the Jazz had their first 30-point lead at 86-54. Utah is 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Houston Rockets: Christian Wood 16, Alperen Sengun 14, Jalen Green 13

Utah Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovic 19, Rudy Gobert 16 (14 REB), Jordan Clarkson 16, Donovan Mitchell 15, Joe Ingles 14, Eric Paschall 13, Hassan Whiteside 10 (17 REB)


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