HOUSTON (AP) –, Joe Ingles had 21, and the NBA-leading Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 112-89 on Wednesday night. The Jazz has won four of their last five games. The 23-point margin was Utah’s most-lopsided victory over Houston since a 118-91 blowout on DeDecember 62018. Clarkson and Ingles are contenders for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. While Clarkson provided his usual high-energy spark off the bench, Ingles got the start on .
“I’ve never in my life thought about it,” Ingles said about his front-runner status. “I don’t know if he does. We’ve never had a conversation about it. It doesn’t affect me or my thought going into a game, and I’d feel pretty confident saying the same for (Clarkson). We take pride in our role of coming off the bench.” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said everyone has stepped up, including Ingles, with Donovan Mitchell out at least thewith a right ankle sprain. “I his minutes are dictating how he’s playing, whether he’s starting or finishing,” Snyder said. “I just want him to play a , and that’s what he’s doing right now. Guys feel they understand whenever certain players are out and know they to be more aggressive. The thing that he’s done the best is, he’s been able to adjust to those things, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench.”
Rudy Gobert had 19 points, 18 rebounds, and two blocks for Utah, Mike Conley had 11 points and 13 assists, Bojan part of a team like this in my career,” Conley said. “I’ve got a lot of options.” led Houston with 21 points and six assists. Christian Wood scored 16 points and eight rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points.14 points, and Georges Niang added 13. Conley had his fourth straight game with double-digit assists after reaching that mark only twice this . “I’ve never really been a
The Rockets have lost seven of their last eight and 12 of their previous 14., Houston is 4-3y; 4ah led 34-27 at the end of the first quarter, capped off by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Niang. The Jazz led 61-43 at halftime and entered the fourth quarter up 91-63. The Jazz shot 45.6% from the field, making 17 of 46 from beyond the arc, good for 37%. Houston shot 20.4% from 3-point range, making just 10 of 49 attempts.
One of the lone highlights for Houston in the game was a block from Kenyon Martin Jr. on a Gobert dunk attempt in the second quarter. Martin’s head nearly hit the rim on the block.
“There isn’t a night in the NBA — this is my 20th— there isn’t one night that there isn’t a play that makes you say, ‘Wow,’ and that was one of those,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said.
Jazz: Udoka Azubuike (severe right) was sidelined. Ersan Ilyasova (left hamstring tightness) was upgraded from questionable to available shortly before tipoff and played four minutes in the fourth quarter. … Utah’s backups outscored Houston’s bench 45-28.
Rockets: Houston coach Stephen Silas saidJr. (health and ) will be out until Sunday. … D.J. Augustin ( ) remained sidelined. … Eric Gordon, sidelined since MarcMarch 11h a groin strain, participated in a pregame individual shootaround workout.
SIXTH MAN COMPETITION
With Ingles and Clarkson both contenders for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, Snyderthat he hopes they both compete for the Defensive Player of the Year award before the game. “I don’t know if Rudy (Gobert) would accept that.”
WHEN IT’S IN THE BAG…
Snyder said it’s a struggle when holding, knowing when to sub reserves and pull the starters. “There’s math that tells you about win probabilities, but those things don’t take into account lineups, who you’re playing, and who they’re throwing out there. You can be up 20 and by four points, and even though you still won, it feels like a different game. We want to give our young guys a chance to play. I think that’s important for them. And you also want guys to play with other players in rotation.”