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Paul Millsap had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz used a 13-0 fourth-quarter run to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-89 on Monday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 25 points, including 14 in the third quarter as the Blazers built an 11-point lead. But the Jazz fought back, even without starting center Al Jefferson and guard Raja Bell, who did not play because of injuries.
The loss was the eighth in 11 road games for the Blazers, who had beaten Utah three consecutive times.
Wesley Matthews' runner pulled Portland to 90-89 with 5.6 seconds left before C.J. Miles made one of two free throws. Gordon Hayward, who started 0 of 8 from the field, grabbed the rebound of Miles' miss and sank a pair of foul shots for the final margin.
Hayward finished with 12 points. Josh Howard had 11 points and seven rebounds in his first start for the Jazz.
The Blazers took three of four from their Northwest Division rivals last season. They appeared to be headed toward a...
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Wesley Matthews' arrival in Portland last season helped the Trail Blazers turn around their fortunes against the Utah Jazz.
Matthews tormented his former team in 2010-11, and he'll hope to do the same as these Northwest Division rivals meet for the first time this season Monday night in Salt Lake City.
As an undrafted rookie two seasons ago, Matthews developed into a starter...
Howard cracks starting lineup
By BRIAN T. SMITH
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published Jan 30, 2012 09:36PM MDT
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin had two options Friday evening after learning starting shooting guard Raja Bell (strained right adductor) would be inactive against Portland: C.J. Miles or Josh Howard.
Corbin went with Howard. Not because Miles wasn’t ready for prime time. But...
Jeremy Evans displays his hangtime with this dunk over teammate Earl Watson. Great body control and creativity for a forward of his size.
Jazz defense fuels crucial 13-0 run
By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published Jan 30, 2012 10:41PM MDT
Just when it appeared a spirited comeback would fall short, the Jazz rallied again Monday night and defeated Portland, 93-89.
Utah trailed by 11 in the third quarter before tying the game, 70-70.
When Portland’s Nicolas Batum buried three consecutive 3-point shots,...
The Portland Trailblazers were hit with the injury bug once again last night, as Nicolas Batum went down with an ugly-looking knee injury. An MRI will determine his fate. Per the Oregonian: “Fourth-quarter meltdown? Check. Head-scratching guard play? Check. Poor execution down the stretch that led to a loss on the road? Check and check. And, in fitting fashion for a franchise...
After returning home Monday night and watching the play at least 20 times, according to his own count, Batum said he feared the worst.
The MRI on Nicolas Batum‘s injured left knee delivered relatively good news, as Batum had feared for the absolute worst. He’s listed as day-to-day with a knee contusion. From CSNNW: “MRI confirms Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has a left knee bone contusion. Batum will be out for Wednesday’s matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s listed day-to-day and will be...
Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has a left knee bone contusion that will keep him out of Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.