Jazz 103, Rockets 87
HOUSTON (AP) _ Karl Malone scored 32 points as the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six games with a 103-87 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
The Rockets lost to the Jazz for the 11th straight time in the regular-season games, and dropped their third game in a row and fifth in their last six.
Bryon Russell matched his career high with 25 points and added 10 rebounds for the Jazz. Houston’s Carlos Rogers hit a free throw in the final seconds to equal his career high of 28 points.
Utah had a 13-2 spurt near the end of the second quarter en route to a 57-42 halftime. Malone alone had 10 points of his 18 first-half points to key the charge. Russell had 17 points in the first half.
The Jazz added to that with a 9-0 start in the third quarter to keep the Rockets down. Howard Eisley hit a jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to give Utah an 82-66 lead.
Notes: The Rockets are 0-19 when trailing at the end of three quarters. ... John Stockton needs 24 minutes to become the 14th NBA player to play 39,000 minutes. ... Steve Francis suffered a slight sprain left ankle in the final seconds of the first quarter. He returned in the second period.