Mike D'Antoni Houston Rockets
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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni called the victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday (126-117) ‘one of the most satisfying’ of his career.

The Rockets were scheduled to play back-to-back games and were coming off an 117-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Houston was forced to face Utah without Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Clint Capela. However, the Rockets saw Eric Gordon take over (50 points) and managed to defeat the Jazz, maintaining a top four push (29-17).

“It was definitely uplifting. I’ve coached a lot of teams in a lot of games, and that was one of the most satisfying. I thought our guys couldn’t have played harder.

Obviously, you make mistakes in a game, but big play after big play after big play. They came back a couple of times, but we just kept going back at them.

Eric Gordon was out of his mind tonight. That’s a great performance,” D’Antoni told reporters, per Kelly Iko of The Athletic.