ROCKETS TAKE UTAH

Team goes to 2-0 behind Ariza, Dwight, but Beverley injures hamstring

The Rockets started out a little slow, but turned it on late in the first half and exploded in the fourth as they knocked off the Jazz 104-93 in Utah to improve to 2-0. Leading the charge tonight was Dwight Howard, who finished with 22 points and 10 boards, but he continues to be plagued by foul trouble. Trevor Ariza again was outstanding, hitting another four threes en route to a 20-point night on 7-10 shooting. James Harden struggled from the field (6-18), but he flirted with a triple-double, going for 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. But it was really nice to see Kostas Papanikolaou show up to the party as he hit his first four three-point attempts and made some nice passes (see Papanikolaou highlights) to help power the Rockets. The bad news? Patrick Beverley left the game in the fourth quarter, limping and walking immediately to the locker room. The team says it's a hamstring strain, but given the knee injuries Beverley has been coming back from, you have to be concerned.
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