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Saturday, November 2nd (All times Eastern)

Houston Rockets (2-0) at Utah Jazz (0-2), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets are aiming for a 3-0 start and the Utah Jazz are looking to avoid a rare 0-3 hole when the two clubs collide Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

The Rockets haven't started 3-0 since the 2008-09 season and have beaten Charlotte and Dallas to open the new campaign. Dwight Howard and James Harden have formed a dangerous combo so far and the two combined for 47 points in Friday's 113-105 victory versus the Mavericks. Harden made 11-of-17 shots for 34 points and Howard added 13 and 16 rebounds.

"That's what (other teams) want to do is slow us up. ... We just have to keep up the ball movement and keep attacking the space (on the court)," Harden told the team's website. "Like I said, I just wanted to be aggressive and get out in transition before the zone (defense) can get set up."

Harden showed no ill effects from a stiff back sustained Wednesday

Jeremy Lin and Aaron Brooks scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Houston, which made 46.6 percent for the game and posted a 51-43 advantage on the glass.

All news wasn't good for the Rockets, as the team announced before Friday's win that starting point guard Patrick Beverley will miss at least 10-14 days with a partially torn muscle in his midsection.

It's been a long time since the Jazz started 0-3. The last time that occurred was back in 1979-80 under head coach Tom Nissalke, whose squad began the year 0-4 in the first season at Utah. Adrian Dantley was the star of the team, which just moved from New Orleans.

The Jazz dropped their season opener to the Oklahoma City Thunder, then suffered an 87-84 setback at Phoenix Friday night. Enes Kanter had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Gordon Hayward posted 18 points, 10 boards and eight assists and Alec Burks donated 15 points off the bench in defeat.

Jazz big man Derrick Favors pumped in 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot just 36.5 percent from the floor and gave up 22 points on 21 turnovers. The Jazz had a chance at the end after an Eric Bledsoe basket made it 87-84 with 0.7 seconds to go, as Hayward, who had hit a 25-footer to tie the game at 84-84 with 23 seconds left, stepped out of bounds after getting the ball.

Hayward had a chance for a big shot in the season opener, but came up short.

"We gotta get ourselves good looks," Hayward said. "Everything is tough down the stretch."

After hosting the Rockets, Utah will head east for four games against Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

Houston won three of four meetings with Utah last season, but has lost six of its previous nine trips to Salt Lake City.

11/02 10:36:25 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
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CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
Final
CHI 97
WAS 92
Final
DEN 106
MIL 95
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
Final
UGA 64
KENT 72
 
Final
NW 82
MICH 78
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
1st OT
KU 67
WVU 65
 
2nd
CREI 72
VILL 74
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
Final
FLA 2
TOR 3
Final
MIN 3
OTT 2
Final
DAL 3
NYI 2
Final
ARI 1
ANA 4
 
2nd
VAN 2
SJS 4