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News » Budinger's career high sends Rockets past Jazz

Budinger's career high sends Rockets past Jazz

Budinger's career high sends Rockets past JazzSALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Missing stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets are counting quite a bit on their 3-point shooting early in the season.

So far, it's only gotten them off to a 3-1 start.

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"We've just got to have more determination to come out and get stops and not let people score," Williams said. "We're just picking up right where we left off. We haven't played a good game of basketball yet."

The Jazz went without a field goal from Okur's layup with 7:14 left in the third until Kirilenko hit a 22-footer at the buzzer cut Houston's lead to 79-76 heading to the fourth. Utah had just regained possession with 3.4 seconds left when Williams drew an offensive foul on Ariza as he took the ball up court after yet another miss by the Jazz.

The Jazz took a short-lived 80-79 lead, then Houston started scoring. Budinger banked in a shot to give Houston the lead for good at 82-80, then followed that with a 3-pointer.

The Rockets led 89-84 when they pulled away with 13 straight points. Budinger hit another 3-pointer and a layup during the run, which Lowry capped with a 3 that put the Rockets up 102-04 with 5:02 left in the game.

Jazz fans started booing and leaving the building, not wanting to see any more. and Battier hit again from beyond the arc to put Houston up


Okur missed the Jazz's home opener Friday with a sprained ankle. ... Utah rookie Wes Matthews scored his first NBA points on a layup with 10:08 left in the second quarter to put Utah up 32-26. ... The Rockets made exactly half their shots (42-84).

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