Notebook: Trail Blazers 105, Jazz 99



Posted Feb 3, 2013 2:12 AM

By Kerry Eggers, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Damian Lillard scored 23 points and dished out eight assists as Portland outdueled Utah down the stretch to win 105-99 Saturday night at the Rose Garden and snap a five-game losing streak in its series with the Jazz.

J.J. Hickson chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 boards and Nicolas Batum came within an assist of a triple-double for Portland (24-23). Batum finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Randy Foye scored 23 points and Paul Millsap collected 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Jazz (26-22).

THE STAT: On Friday night, Portland shot 36.7 and scored a season-low in an 86-77 loss to Utah at EnergySolutions Arena. A night later, the Trail Blazers shot at a 50.7 clip against the same team.

QUOTABLE: "Twenty-four hours makes a difference. [Friday] night, we couldn't score against them. Tonight, we did a much better job."

-- Portland coach Terry Stotts

TURNING POINT: Utah extended a three-point halftime lead to 63-53 on three 3-pointers by Foye midway through the third quarter. The Blazers responded with a 14-0 run, Will Barton's driving layup giving them a 67-63 edge.

QUOTABLE II: "We played hard. We made some mistakes. We had the 10-point lead but got away from executing a little bit and they made a run at us. I felt good about our opportunity to come back, but we just couldn't get over the hump."

-- Utah coach Tyrone Corbin

HOT: Portland's Nolan Smith entered the game with a 33.3 shooting percentage and a 2.3-point scoring average. The little-used guard, pressed into action by ankle injuries by guards Wesley Matthews and Ronnie Price. He scored a season-high 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including a clutch 3-pointer down the stretch, in 18 minutes off the bench.

NOT: Second-year center Enes Kanter thought they put a lid on the Rose Garden baskets. Utah's second-year center was 0-for-7 from the field despite shooting nothing but layups and short jumpers.

GOOD MOVE: In the third quarter, Millsap found teammate Marvin Williams wide open underneath. As Williams rose up to dunk, Batum came from nowhere to make a spectacular dunk that led to a Blazer basket at the other end.

BAD MOVE: DeMarre Carroll had a great shooting night (5-for-5) off the bench for Utah, but drew a fourth-quarter technical for complaining about a no-call on one of the attempts.

NOTABLE: Utah had won nine of its previous 11 games. ... Portland won the rebound battle 49-37 after losing it 47-40 the previous night. ... Portland leads the NBA with 11 wins this season after trailing at halftime (11-16 record). ... The Blazers are 8-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better. ... Hickson notched his 26th double-double of the season. ... Portland made 10 of his 18 3-point attempts while Utah was 8-for-19 from beyond the arc. ... Both teams were shorthanded. Portland was without Matthews, Price (ankle) and reserve forward Sasha Pavlovic (foot). Utah was minus starting point guard Mo Williams (hand), reserve point guard Earl Watson (knee) and reserve forward Gordon Hayward (shoulder).

QUOTABLE III: "That's the best the bench has played all year. All the guys who came in tonight were ready. That was big for us."

-- Nicolas Batum

UP NEXT: For the Jazz, Monday vs. Sacramento, Wednesday vs. Milwaukee, Friday vs. Chicago. For the Trail Blazers, Monday @ Minnesota, Wednesday @ Dallas, Friday @ Houston.