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It's been a cold, snowy couple of days in Salt Lake City.
On Tuesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena, however, it rained 3-pointers.
During their 120-101 victory over the Houston Rockets, the Utah Jazz made 15 of 28 3-point shots. In the opening 10 1/2 minutes, while overcoming a 16-9 deficit, they went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Through their first 18 games this season, the Jazz were shooting 33 percent on 3-pointers. They were tied for 19th in the NBA.
Recently, Utah's struggles from the 3-point line were even more pronounced. In the past 10 games, the Jazz shot better than 31 percent once during a 111-102 loss at Houston on Nov. 22. In the past four games, they were 29-for-104 on 3-point shots.
Everything changed in the rematch against the Rockets. Eight Jazz players attempted 3-point shots; seven made at least one.
As a result, Utah finished with a season-high 120 points while improving its record to 11-8.
"We made shots," Jazz coach Quinn Snyder said. "Sometimes it's as simple as that. I feel like we've been getting some pretty good looks. Tonight, the ball went in the basket."
The Jazz struggled early and trailed, 12-6, before Rodney Hood made a 3-pointer with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.
The shot seemed to ignite the Jazz. Over the next seven minutes, Utah used a 29-13 run to build a 35-25 lead. During the blitz, Hood made three 3-pointers, Trey Lyles hit one and Joe Johnson buried another from the corner.
"In that one stretch," Snyder said, "it seemed like everybody had a chance to hit a three."
Johnson finished 3-for-5 on 3-pointers, tying a season-high he set in the opener at Portland. Hood went 3-for-6. So did Gordon Hayward, who finished with a season-high 31 points.
"You take it when you can get it because sometimes it can go the other way," Snyder said. "That's why we talk about our defense so much because you're not always going to make them. Tonight, we played both ends of the floor pretty well."
The Jazz took an 85-73 lead into the fourth quarter. They weren't exactly home-free against the high-octane Rockets and James Harden, the No. 4 scorer in the NBA.
Again, though, Utah surged behind its 3-point shooting. The Jazz were 5-for-8 in the final 12 minutes. Johnson made two. Joe Ingles made one.
In all, Utah got 42 points from its bench. The non-starters were 7-for-13 from the 3-point line.
"The good thing is, it was different guys," Snyder said. "That's the most important thing. The group is the most important thing and, if our players can throw themselves into that [concept], that's what you get."
Lyles finished with 13 points off the bench, Johnson added 11 and Shelvin Mack added nine.
Mack enjoyed his second straight solid outing. In Monday night's 112-103 win at Minnesota, he contributed seven points on 3-for-4 shooting.
"I think our team is mature enough and connected enough that they are always supportive of each other," Snyder said. "That gives you confidence. … When your teammates have your back, it's just a lot easier to play."