SALT LAKE CITY -- Just because he's from Turkey doesn't mean he celebrates Thanksgiving.
Go figure, huh?
"I didn't celebrate," Jazz center Enes Kanter said Monday, following shootaround at EnergySolutions Arena. "No turkey for Turkey."
Kanter entertained reporters with the reference to his nickname "Big Turkey," given to him by former teammate Al Jefferson.
Really, no celebrating at all?
"I know, right?" he playfully asked. "No, it was just a normal day."
Kanter, 21, was born in Switzerland but raised in Turkey. However, he came to the United States while still in high school and was slated to play college basketball at Kentucky before he was declared ineligible because he played in a Turkish pro league as a teenager.
The 6-foot-11 professional wrestling fan is well aware of the American holiday - he loves pop culture and frequents football games - but, apparently, doesn't celebrate with Butterballs and candied yams.
Kanter began the season as Utah's starting center but recently moved to the bench, where he has embraced the challenge to work with the second team.
"Whatever coach (Tyrone Corbin) gives me," he said. "Coming from the bench or coming from the starting five doesn't matter. In the end, you play for the Jazz."
Kanter played 12 minutes in Monday's upset victory over the Rockets. He had three points and two rebounds.
Jazz 109, Rockets 103
* BEST PLAY: Trey Burke directs the fastbreak with a nifty pass to Gordon Hayward on the wing. Hayward buckles James Harden's legs with a cross over and a move to the basket that produces a foul from the Rockets' Omri Casspi and a three-point play to give the Jazz a 31-21 lead with 1:09 left in the first half.
* BEST LINE: In the seventh game of his young career, Burke had 21 points, six assists and three rebounds. He shot 9-for-18 from the field.
* KEY STAT: Burke played more than 36 minutes, including 9:58 in the fourth quarter, and did not register a turnover.
* HISTORY LESSON: Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a major milestone for the Rockets, who, on Dec. 2, 1993, won their 15th straight game to start the season. Hakeem Olajuwon scored 37 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Houston notched a 94-85 victory in New York. The win tied the all-time NBA record set by the Washington Capitols at the start of the 1948-49 season. Houston's streak ended the next night with a a 133-111 loss in Atlanta.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz reported no injuries before the game. Houston went without forward Greg Smith (knee).
* ETC.: Hayward scored a career-high 17 points in the first quarter, hitting 7-of-8 from the field. ... Burke hit 4-of-5 from the field in the first for 10 points. ... The Jazz shot 71.4 percent from the field in the opening quarter but only 33.3 percent in the second. They took a 53-50 lead into halftime. ... The Jazz broke Houston's five-game winning streak. ... Derrick Favors recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. ... James Harden led all scorers with 37 points on 12-for-22 shooting.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz now look ahead to Wednesday's game with Indiana, the Eastern Conference's best team.