Portland 103, Utah 89

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 5 (AP) -- Martell Webster had a career-high 26 points, 24 in the third quarter alone, and the Portland Trail Blazers got their revenge against Utah by beating the Jazz 103-89 on Saturday night.

Earlier this week, the Jazz snapped a 13-game Portland winning streak with a 111-101 victory in Salt Lake City.

The Blazers, who led by as many as 20 points, have won three straight since the streak-stopping loss. They have lost just one of their last 17 games.

Portland has a 11-game winning streak at the Rose Garden and is 16-3 at home overall.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, and the Blazers played most of the game without star guard Brandon Roy, out because of a sore tailbone.

Deron Williams had 23 points for the Jazz, who have lost three of their last five.

Utah was without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who did not travel with the team because of lower back inflammation.

Kirilenko is averaging 11.5 points, six rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Jazz this season. Against the Trail Blazers earlier this week, he had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Roy, who bruised his tailbone in Portland's 115-109 double-overtime victory at Chicago on Thursday night, started but then sat the rest of the way. He scored four points.

Aldridge picked up the slack with 17 points in the first half for the Blazers.

The Jazz pulled ahead 36-30, but Portland managed to narrow it to 42-39 at the break. Portland was hampered by 12 turnovers.

Roy remained out in the second half but stayed on the bench as the Jazz pulled out front, going up 57-50 on Mehmet Okur's 3-pointer. Okur finished with 15 points.

Webster went on his tear to start the second half. A trio of free throws put the Blazers in front at 62-61, and he added a jumper and a 3-pointer to make it 67-61.

Webster made a pair of free throws to cap a 21-4 run and give Portland a 71-61 lead.

Portland built a 75-64 lead at the end of the third. They were 14-of-24 from the floor and made all 11 free throw attempts during the quarter.

Notes: Blazers coach Nate McMillan said he plans to send rookies Josh McRoberts and Taurean Green to the NBA's Developmental League later this week. "They're not getting a lot of practice time or time out on the floor, so I'm trying to get them some minutes,'' McMillan said. ... Blazers owner Paul Allen, who also owns the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, watched the Seahawks defeat the Washington Redskins 35-14 in the NFC wild-card playoffs earlier Saturday. He made it in time for opening tipoff. ... Utah coach Jerry Sloan gave no timetable for Kirilenko's return. "For what we know, the tests have been OK, so we'll just have to go from there,'' he said.


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