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The Jazz opened the second quarter on a 13-0 run to take a 42-26 lead, holding the Rockets scoreless in the quarter until Harden hit a pair of free throws with 7:03 left.
During the run, big man Enes Kanter was a force inside with back-to-back blocks of Terrence Jones and Toney Douglas and a high-flying dunk off an alley-oop pass from DeMarre Carroll. Favors also was tough in the paint, dunking off another Carroll pass and finishing with two of Utah's 11 blocked shots.
Utah's starters poured it on late in the second, with Jefferson muscling between two defenders and converting a three-point play. Foye's first 3-pointer put Utah up 20 with 3:12 left in the second.
Utah (6-6) led 61-44 at halftime, shooting 50 percent to 38 for the Rockets. The Jazz also held a 26-18 edge on points in the paint and 17-6 advantage on the fast break in the first half, while their bench outscored the Rockets reserves 26-9 before the break.
Overall, Utah shot just 40.2 percent but made 9 of 21 from 3-point range. The Jazz also held a 30-19 advantage on the fast break.
The Rockets were 7 of 21 from 3-point range and shot just 34.9 percent overall.
NOTES: Former Jazz coach and Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan watched the game from about 20 rows above Utah's bench. ... Jefferson had nine rebounds in the first half. ... The Rockets (4-7) opened their three-game road trip with an overtime loss at Portland then gave up 40 first-quarter points in an 11-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Now they head home, where they will play five of the next six, including a rematch with the Jazz on Dec. 1.
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