By the time Francisco Garcia found some space behind the arc, and buried a 3-pointer late in the first half Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, the Rockets had completely negated one of the Utah Jazz’s best quarters of the season.

The team’s hot shooting and 36 first-quarter points were suddenly not enough. Neither was that 14-point advantage, now a one-point lead for Houston.

"Earlier in the season, we would have let this one go," Utah’s Gordon Hayward said.

The Jazz had seemingly lost this game once before — letting the Rockets come back from a double-digit deficit to walk out of Salt Lake City with a victory one month earlier.

But Monday night would be different.

The Jazz absorbed the rally and, this time, punched back. The 109-103 victory for the Jazz (4-15) was the team’s second in a row and its third in four games.

"I think it shows the growth of our team to stay poised, stay calm and still win the basketball game," said Hayward, who finished with a season-high 29 points.