Houston buries Utah under late 3s
In the final moments of the Jazz's worst home loss in history, Houston kept firing.
And firing. And firing.
By the time the Rockets put the finishing touches on their 125-80 victory Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, they were 16-for-34 from the 3-point line, including 8-for-13 in the fourth quarter.
Nine of Houston's final 13 shots were 3-pointers, including three in the final 50.1 seconds.
The Jazz noticed.
"When you have your foot on somebody's throat, you keep it there," said veteran Paul Millsap. "They didn't let up one bit. But believe me when I say we will see them again and, hopefully, it will be the other way around."
Like Millsap, Earl Watson watched the fourth quarter from the bench as coach Tyrone Corbin let his non-rotation players get some minutes.
"Their job is to come in and show no mercy," Watson said. "It's our job not to let them create that. It's our job to defend. The way they were playing, we just couldn't do it."
"They kind of battled a fine line," Watson said. "I don't know. I don't know what I would have done if I was on the court. I don't think I would have been in the game too long. I probably would have gotten kicked out."
For the Rockets, James Anderson went 2-for-4 from the 3-point line in the final 9:41, matching his eight-game numbers this season.
With 13.5 seconds left and the shot clock not running, Anderson fired a 3-pointer.
The score at the time: 122-77.
"It's not good to say go out there and we run them off the 3-point line and give a hard foul," said DeMarre Carroll. "But we have to be more aggressive.
"We're at home this is our home court. This is our turf. We just have to learn, when people come in here, they can't take the fight to us. We have to take the fight to them."
Corbin didn't seem too concerned about Houston's late shot selection, noting the Rockets are the second-highest scoring team in the league.
"That's who they are," he said. "That's what they do. I can't worry about that."
Said Millsap: "I know guys don't like to lose. But something like this ... we've never had games like this ever. I'm sure a lot of guys are embarrassed about it and they'll come in tomorrow and try to get better."
Rockets fire off threes with ease
• Houston makes 16 of 34 3-point attempts in its rout of Utah.
• The Rockets shoot 13 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, making eight.
• Nine of Houston's final 13 field-goal attempts were 3-pointers.