Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Damian Lillard scored 23 points and the
Portland Trail Blazers split a home-and-home set with the Utah Jazz by taking
a 105-99 victory on Saturday at the Rose Garden.
Nicolas Batum fell just shy of a triple-double, registering 12 points, 10
rebounds and nine assists, while J.J. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge also each
posted double-doubles in Portland's fourth victory in six games.
Hickson tallied 21 points with 11 rebounds and Aldridge totaled 18 points
along with 11 boards in the triumph. The Trail Blazers were without Wesley
Matthews, who sat with a sprained ankle.
Randy Foye tied a season-high with six triples to lead the Jazz with 23
points, but Utah suffered its 17th loss in 26 road contests this season. Paul
Millsap finished with 18 points and Marvin Williams followed with 15 in the
The Jazz held a 46-43 lead at the half and after hitting a pair of triples
earlier in the period, Foye knocked down his fifth 3-pointer of the night to
expand Utah's advantage to 63-53 midway through the third.
However, Portland responded with a 14-0 run that put them in control the rest
of the way, as Lillard and Luke Babbitt each buried a triple before Will
Barton scored his second basket of the surge to put the Trail Blazers on top
Al Jefferson's hook ended the run, but Aldridge added a three-point play
before finishing an alley-oop in the final seconds of the third to send
Portland into the fourth with a 72-67 advantage.
After Nolan Smith buried a triple to push the Trail Blazers' edge to 79-71,
the Jazz answered with eight straight points to tie the game, however they
never jumped back in front.
Smith, who scored nine of his 13 in the fourth, buried another triple later in
the session and Aldridge's turnaround fadeaway gave Portland a 97-89 lead with
Foye's final triple of the game brought Utah within 99-96, but Hickson sank
four free throws before Batum connected on a pair from the line to seal the
win for Portland.
Portland improved to 17-8 at home this season ... Utah had won six straight
against the Trail Blazers coming in ... Gordon Hayward missed his fourth
straight game for Utah with a sprained right shoulder ... The Trail Blazers
shot 10-for-18 from beyond the arc, while the Jazz connected on 8-of-19 3-
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