For the second time in under a week, James Harden led the Houston Rockets to a win against the Utah Jazz—this time, with far fewer fireworks.

The Beard scored a game-high 33 points in the Rockets’ 103-94 victory Thursday night against the visiting Jazz, but did commit perhaps the ghastliest turnover of the season to date.

Dwight Howard sat out with back tightness, and the Jazz welcomed back springy center Rudy Gobert to the lineup from a sprained left knee.

Per the AP:

Harden led the Houston Rockets over the Jazz for the second time in four nights, this time scoring 33 points in a 103-94 victory on Thursday. […] “He’s a terrific player,” Snyder said. “I don’t know what more we could have done.”

 

Including his 30 points in Monday’s 93-91 win in Salt Lake City, Harden has scored at least 30 in three of his last four games. […] “My teammates put me in a good position to be successful, putting me in spots where I could get a shot or make a pass,” Harden said. “I couldn’t make a 3 tonight, but just getting to the basket and my pull-up game was there.”

 

Gordon Hayward scored 15 points for Utah. Center Rudy Gobert played for the first time since spraining a left knee ligament on Nov. 30. He was limited to just 15 minutes but chipped in six points and three rebounds. […] “This game was to see how I was feeling, and I felt great. I wasn’t tired at all,” Gobert said. “I’ve been working hard for a month, and my knee wasn’t really bad.”