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Rockets rally to beat off-key Jazz in Salt Lake City

AP, PHILADELPHIA AND SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Chandler Parsons scored 24 points and James Harden had 23 to help Houston rally from a 19-point deficit to beat the Jazz 104-93 on Saturday. The Rockets remain undefeated, while Utah are winless.

Jeremy Lin added 20 points as the Rockets (3-0) outscored the Jazz 64-37 in the second half.

After John Lucas made a jumper to beat the shot clock and pull the Jazz within 95-90 with 3:27 left, the Rockets allowed just one field goal the rest of the way.

Enes Kanter gave Utah their final lead, 85-83, with 7:11 remaining. Harden drove for a layup, Lin hit a 3-pointer and Parsons followed with another basket to start the game-ending run.

Richard Jefferson led Utah (0-3) with 18 and Kanter added 16 for the Jazz.

Meanwhile, rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 26 points and 10 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers continued their stunning start to the NBA season by beating the Chicago Bulls 107-104.

Spencer Hawes added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers (3-0), who were pegged to be one of the league’s worst teams yet have opened the season with wins over Chicago, Washington and two-time defending champions Miami.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng had 20 points.

Still dealing with neck soreness, Derrick Rose finished with 13 points and six assists for Chicago.

Indiana’s Paul George and Lance Stephenson combined for 43 points as the Pacers remained unbeaten with an 89-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephenson scored 22 points, including 10 in a 14-4 run midway through the fourth quarter that gave the Pacers a 79-61 lead with 7:46 to play.

George, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and scored all the points in a key third-quarter run for Indiana (3-0).

Dion Waiters scored 17 points, Kyrie Irving had 15 and Anderson Varejao 14 for Cleveland (1-2).

In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Pelicans to their first win since changing their nickname, 105-84 over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Tyreke Evans added 15 points, Jrue Holiday had 14 and Brian Roberts 13 for New Orleans (1-2), who made the name change from Hornets in the offseason.

Ramon Sessions had 22 points and Kemba Walker added 14 for Charlotte (1-2).

In other games Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Memphis Grizzlies 111-99, the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 97-90, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 115-105 and the Golden State Warriors were 98-87 winners over the Sacramento Kings.

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