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Jazz’s winning streak continues

GOBERT GOES:Utah won for the fourth time in five games, despite losing star center Rudy Gobert, who was ejected less than three minutes into Thursday’s contest


Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum, right, passes the ball to teammate Derrick Favors, left, as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela defends during their NBA game in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday.

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Reserve Derrick Favors finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Utah Jazz delivered another shooting night to remember with a 118-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

Joe Ingles chipped in with 18 points and, like Favors, Dante Exum came off the bench to score 15 as five players reached double figures, proving once again that Utah’s unselfish offense is the defining aspect of their winning streak.

Two nights earlier, the Jazz had seven players in double figures in a win over San Antonio. They are a much different team than the group who struggled through a shooting slump for much of last month.

Utah won for the fourth time in five contests and did it without star center Rudy Gobert, who was ejected by the officials less than three minutes into the game.

Gobert picked up his first foul on the opening tip. After collecting his second foul 9 minutes, 13 seconds into the first quarter, Gobert got tossed after he swatted at some items, including a paper cup, which were sitting on the scorer’s table.

Gobert earlier in the week was slapped with a US$15,000 fine by the league’s disciplinary body for criticizing officials following Utah’s 102-100 loss to Miami Heat on Sunday.

Referee Tom Washington said Gobert grabbed Clint Capela’s arm on the opening tipoff and added that he was ejected for losing his temper.

“He was coming off the floor and he forcefully swung at items on the scorer’s table, and those three items came out onto the floor. It was just too demonstrative and we had to take action,” Washington said.

James Harden scored 15 points, while Chris Paul and Capela added 12 apiece for the visiting Rockets, who allowed their opponents to pull away in the second half for a second consecutive game.

Houston have not had trouble generating offense lately, but they have struggled mightily on defense. On Thursday they committed a season-high 22 turnovers and surrendered a season-high 33 points off those mistakes.

Despite the loss of Gobert, Utah kicked their offence into high gear by going on an 11-0 spurt to build a 27-16 lead in the first quarter. The Jazz led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter before Houston cut it to 53-45 with two seconds left before halftime.

However, in the third quarter, the Jazz regrouped and ran away with the game.

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