Posted January 31, 2013 on AP on Fox
Aside from one historic setback, the Utah Jazz have recaptured their early season success on their home court. That's doesn't bode well for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have had a difficult time closing out wins on the road. The Jazz will try for their eighth win in nine games at home Friday night when they take on the Northwest Division rival Trail Blazers in the first of four meetings over the next two months. Utah (25-21) also looks to stay ahead of Houston and Portland (23-22) in a three-way fight for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. Following a franchise-worst 125-80 home defeat to the Rockets on Monday, the Jazz responded with a 104-99 victory over New Orleans in Salt Lake City two days later. "It's tough to let a game like that go," forward Paul Millsap said. "You have to move on and put one foot ahead of the other and keep pushing." Utah won seven of eight - including victories over Miami and Indiana - at home in...
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