Rodney Hood scores 30 as Jazz win sixth in a row, 133-109

Utah shoots 58 percent from the field in victory at New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz are firing on all cylinders these days and have now done something they haven't done in 33 years.

Rodney Hood scored 30 points in his second game back from a lower leg bruise and the surging Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six with a 133-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

This marks the fourth straight game the Jazz have reached the 120-point mark, something that hasn't happened since the 1984-85 season.

"We're playing together," said Hood, who has been the subject of multiple trade rumors. "We're playing great basketball. We're moving the ball and it's hard to guard. On the defensive end, we're just helping each other out. It's been fun and we just want to keep it going at Memphis."

Ricky Rubio had 20 points and 11 assists, and Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who made 14 of 21 3-point attempts and shot 58.4 percent (52 of 89) overall their highest-scoring game this season.

"We've got that are unselfish," Gobert said. "We've got guys who understand the game, and its fun when you move the ball. It's also very hard to guard."

The Jazz led by double digits most of the way and led by as many as 20 when Rubio's driving layup made it 116-96 in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Utah had six players score more than 10, including Derrick Favors with 19, Joe Ingles 18 and Royce O'Neale with 13.

Utah took its first double-digit lead less than four minutes into the game and was only briefly threatened after that. The Jazz led by 16 when O'Neale and Rubio hit back-to-back 3s to make it 52-36 early in the second quarter.

The Jazz hit 10 of 11 3-point shots in the half, when they shot 61.4 percent overall (27 of 44).

New Orleans gave up 70 first-half points, but got back into the game by halftime with a 41-point second quarter. Rajon Rondo hit seven of his first 10 shots, including four of five from beyond the arc.

His fourth three-pointer of the half made it 67-64, but Hood hit a double-pump 3 as the second quarter expired to push Utah's lead back to six.

The Jazz then opened the third quarter with 12-2 run, during which Favors scored eight points, and Utah led comfortably from there.

As well as the Jazz have played lately, head coach Quin Snyder isn't celebrating anything yet.

"We're just playing good basketball," Snyder said. "There are no secrets to it, there's no destination. We can't sit here and beat our chests like we've done anything. We haven't, we've just won a couple games."

Utah improves to 25-28 on the season, and are now three games behind New Orleans for the final playoff spot.

The Jazz wrap up their four game road trip at Memphis Wednesday.


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