Hayward stars as Jazz down Rockets, Trail Blazers win again

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The Utah Jazz secured a vital victory against the Houston Rockets as the race for NBA play-off spots heats up.

The Jazz moved ahead of the Rockets in the Western Conference with a 117-114 victory on Tuesday.

Gordon Hayward top-scored with 28 points for the Jazz, while he was supported by team-mates Derrick Favors (19), Rodney Hood (18) and Shelvin Mack (17).

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James Harden (42) led the way for the Rockets, who have only won one of their past five games.

The Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to sixth-consecutive games thanks to a 112-104 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had 34 points each as the Trail Blazers out-scored the Nets in three out of four quarters.

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Brook Lopez’s double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds led the Nets, who are now 4-20 on the road this season.

In other results, a strong third quarter saw the Washington Wizards defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 109-89, the Sacramento Kings edged the Denver Nuggets 114-110, and the Orlando Magic trumped the Philadelphia 76ers 124-115.

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