HOUSTON (AP) _ Steve Francis scored a game-high 26 points as the Houston Rockets broke a four-year drought with a 99-90 victory over the Utah Jazz Sunday.

The Jazz had won the last 12 regular-season games over Houston dating back to Nov. 9, 1996 and eight straight overall. It was the third straight win for the Rockets and sixth in their last eight games.

Walt Williams had 21 points while Cuttino Mobley added 16 and former Jazz sixth man Shandon Anderson 13.

John Stockton led Utah with 23 points. Karl Malone had 20 and Bryon Russell 16 as the Jazz ended a three-game win streak.

Williams scored 14 of the Rockets' 23 first-quarter points and helped fuel an 8-0 run that netted a 20-14 lead with 3:17 to go in the period. Houston settled for a 23-18 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Rockets stretched their lead to 13 in the second quarter when three straight 3-pointers gave them a 45-32 advantage with 1:38 to play before the half. Stockton's 3 shortly before the buzzer closed Houston's lead to 45-35 at the half.

Malone had 10 points as the Jazz crept back to within five in the third quarter. But Francis poured in 13 points in the period to help the Rockets push the lead back to 13. They ended the quarter with a 76-67 lead.

In the fourth, Mobley and Moochie Norris each had five quick points as the Rockets' lead crested at 17 with 10:12 to play.

Notes: Even with Sunday's victory, the Rockets still have lost 20 of their last 23 games televised on NBC ... Mobley leads the NBA with 21 20-point games off the bench ... Utah had won 11 of its previous 13 games on the road before Sunday ... Malone needs 10 assists to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley and Wilt Chamberlain as the only NBA players to have 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.