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Trail Blazers Look To Start December Off With A Win In Salt Lake City Against The Jazz

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (11-11) at UTAH JAZZ (14-11)
Dec. 3, 2022 — Vivint Arena — 6:00 pm PST
Regular Season Game #23 — Away Game #14
TV: Root Sports Plus
RADIO: Rip City Radio 620 AM

SERIES HISTORY

ALL TIME: Jazz lead, 111-89

PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 66-34

UTAH HOME: Jazz lead, 77-23

SERIES NOTES
  • The Trail Blazers and Jazz will meet for the second time this season on Dec. 3 in Utah.
  • THIS SEASON: Portland fell to Utah by a final score of 118-113 on Nov. 19 in Portland. Anfernee Simons finished with a team-high 23 points (7-19 FG, 4-13 3P, 5-6 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, a career-high four steals and one block in 36 minutes.
  • LAST SEASON: The Trail Blazers lost the 2021-22 season series against the Jazz, 0-4.
  • Jerami Grant has scored 21-plus points in three out of his last four games against Utah.
  • In 36 career games against the Jazz, Damian Lillard has scored 30-plus points 13 times and 51-plus points twice.
NEWS AND NOTES

CHASING HISTORY: Damian Lillard entered the 2022-23 season with 17,665 career points. He needs 242 points to pass Clyde Drexler and become the leading scorer in franchise history.

NEW MILESTONES IN NEW YORK: Jerami Grant scored a career-high 44 points on Nov. 25 at New York in a 132-129 overtime win. His 21 FTM and 28 FTA set new franchise records. His 25-point first half marked the 10th time he has scored 20-
plus points in a half, tying his second-highest scoring half in his career.

SOARING SIMONS: Anfernee Simons posted a season-high 38 points on Nov. 25 at New York. It was his eighth consecutive game scoring 20-plus points, extending the longest streak of his career and tying his second-most points in a game.

ALL HART: Josh Hart recorded a career-high 19 rebounds on Nov. 25 at New York along with 10 points, marking his first double-double of the season.

GIVE ME FIVE: Jerami Grant shot 5-7 from three in the first half on Nov. 23 at Cleveland, marking the third time in his career that he has made five-plus threes in a half.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Shaedon Sharpe scored a careerhigh 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3P, 2-2 FT) on Nov. 17 vs. Brooklyn, also setting a career high with four 3PM. On Nov. 19 vs. Utah, he recorded a career-high four steals.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Shaedon Sharpe scored a career high 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3P, 2-2 FT) on Nov. 17 vs. Brooklyn, also setting a career high with four 3PM.

A GOOD STRETCH: Jerami Grant finished with 29 points vs. San Antonio on Nov. 15, marking his most points scored in a three-game stretch in his career with 93 points (37 at Dallas on Nov. 12, 27 at New Orleans on Nov. 10).

DAME DIMES: Damian Lillard tallied a season-high 12 assists on Nov. 12 at Dallas to go along with 29 points and seven rebounds. His last game with at least 10 assists was on Dec. 14, 2021 vs. Phoenix, when he also put up 31 points.

LOOKING SHARPE: Shaedon Sharpe scored a career-high 17 points (7-10 FG) on Nov. 9 at Charlotte in the team's 105-95 win.

MOVING ON UP: On Nov. 9 at Charlotte, Damian Lillard passed Shawn Marion (17,700) and Magic Johnson (17,707) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list to move up to the No. 83 spot. He entered the night at No. 85 with 17,684 points.

GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD: The Trail Blazers had their first 3-0 start on the road since 1997 (that team went 4-0), winning road games at Sacramento on Oct. 19, Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 23 and Phoenix on Nov. 4 to begin the regular season.

AT THE BUZZER: Portland hit two game-winners at the buzzer so far this season - one by Jerami Grant on Nov. 4 at Phoenix and another by Josh Hart on Nov. 7 at Miami. The last regular season in which the Blazers hit multiple game-winners with no time remaining was 2008-09: Nov. 6, 2008 vs. Houston and Feb. 8, 2009 vs. New York - both by Brandon Roy.

RAINING THREES: Jerami Grant recorded his eighth career game with five-plus 3PM on Nov. 7 at Miami, also marking his most 3PM as a Trail Blazer.

CAN'T STOP GRANT: Jerami Grant went off for a season-high 30 points against the Suns on Nov. 4, marking his highest scoring half as a Blazer with 18 points in the first half and hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer to secure the win for Portland.

WINSLOW WINS: Justise Winslow came close to a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Portland's 108-106 victory in Phoenix, his first start of the season, on Nov. 4.

KNOCKING DOWN THREES: Jusuf Nurkic shot 3-3 from three-point range on Nov. 2 vs. Memphis, marking a career-best 3PM and his fourth career game with multiple 3PM. He then followed that up by going 2-2 from three in the win versus Phoenix on Nov. 4. What's more, the "Bosnian Beast" hasn't missed a three-pointer in the last three games, the longest such streak of his career.

ANFERNO: Anfernee Simons erupted in the third quarter of Monday night's win vs. DEN, scoring 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 6-of-7 from three. Simons finished the game with 29 points as he shot 7-of-12 from three. It is Simons eighth game as a pro in which he has made 7+ three pointers in a game.

SET A BLAZE: The Trail Blazers scored 135 points in a win Monday night vs. Denver and scored 80 points in the second half, with 44 points coming in the third quarter. The last time the Blazers have scored at least 80 points in a second half was Feb. 3, 1989 at LAL. Portland's season-high for points scored in a quarter last season was 42 points, which occurred twice.

Most 3PM by a Blazer in NBA debut:

5......J. Layman (11/1/16 vs. GSW)
3......R. Fernandez (10/28/08 vs. LAL)
3......S. Sharpe (10/19/22 vs. SAC)

SCORING 40 and 30: Damian Lillard scored his 41 points in the overtime win over Phoenix on Friday night. It was the 41st career game in which Dame has scored 40 points or more. It also becomes the 200th occurrence in which Dame as scored at least 30 points or more in a game. Lillard continues to widen the margin for most career games in which he's scored 40+ points and 30+ points in franchise history.

GRANTED: Jerami Grant led the Trail Blazers in scoring with 23 points. His 23 points are the most in a Blazer debut since Josh Hart, who also scored 23 on February 12th of last season against the Knicks. Grant is the ninth player in Blazer history to record 23 or more points in their Blazer debut.

LAST FIVE GAMES

Trail Blazers 109, Lakers 128 -- November 30, 2022 -- Crypto.com Arena -- Game #22 (11-11, 7-6 Away)

The Trail Blazers fell to the Lakers by a final score of 128-109 ... Jerami Grant posted a team-high 27 points (10-23 FG, 2-5 3P, 5-6 FT) to go along with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes ... Anfernee Simons tallied 22 points (9-22 FG, 2-7 3P, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 39 minutes ... Justise Winslow finished with a season-high 21 points (9-11 FG, 3-3 3P), five rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes ... Trendon Watford recorded 10 points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3P, 2-2 FT) and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes in his first start of the season ... LeBron James led the Lakers with 31 points in 33 minutes to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds ... Anthony Davis put up a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Trail Blazers 112, Clippers 118 -- November 29, 2022 -- Moda Center -- Game #21 (11-10, 4-5 Home)

The Trail Blazers fell to the Clippers by a final score of 118-112 ... Anfernee Simons logged a game-high 37 points (13-24 FG, 9-16 3P, 2-3 FT) to go along with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 43 minutes ... Jerami Grant finished with 32 points (12-24 FG, 5-11 3P, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes ... Jusuf Nurkic recorded 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3P), 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in 32 minutes ... Justise Winslow tallied his first double-double of the season with 10 points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3P, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes ... Norman Powell led the Clippers with 32 points in 24 minutes ... Reggie Jackson (24 points, 12 assists) and Ivica Zubac (12 points, 13 rebounds) put up double-doubles for the Clippers.

Trail Blazers 97, Nets 111 -- November 27, 2022 -- Barclays Center -- Game #20 (11-9, 7-5 Away)

Portland fell to Brooklyn by a final score of 111-97 ... Jerami Grant posted a team-high 29 points (11-24 FG, 5-10 3P, 2-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes ... Jusuf Nurkic finished with 17 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3P, 5-8 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 34 minutes ... Anfernee Simons tallied 15 points (4-14 FG, 4-10 3P, 3-4 FT), one rebound, six assists and one steal in 40 minutes ... Justise Winslow logged 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3P, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes ... Kevin Durant led the Nets with 31 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes. 

Trail Blazers 132, Knicks 129 -- November 25, 2022 -- Madison Square Garden -- Game #19 (11-8, 7-4 Away)

The Trail Blazers defeated the Knicks in a 132-129 overtime win ... Jerami Grant recorded a career-high 44 points (10-20 FG, 3-7 3P, 21-28 FT) to go along with one rebound, two assists and one block in 40 minutes, with his 21 FTM and 28 FTA setting new franchise records ... Anfernee Simons finished with a season-high 38 points to go along with four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 47 minutes, marking his eighth consecutive game scoring 20-plus points and tying his second-most points in a game ... Jusuf Nurkic logged 20 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3P, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 38 minutes ... Josh Hart posted 10 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3P, 2-4 FT), a career-high 19 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 42 minutes, putting up his first double-double of the season ... Jalen Brunson led New York with 32 points in 41 minutes ... RJ Barrett tallied a double-double for the Knicks with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes.

Trail Blazers 96, Cavaliers 114 -- November 23, 2022 -- Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse -- Game #18 (10-8, 6-4 Away)

Portland fell to Cleveland by a final score of 114-96 ... Jusuf Nurkic posted a team-high 22 points (9-14 FG, 2-3 3P, 2-2 FT) to go along with six rebounds, one assist and three steals in 28 minutes ... Jerami Grant logged 21 points (6-12 FG, 5-8 3P, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes ... Anfernee Simons tallied 20 points (6-18 FG, 4-9 3P, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes ... Josh Hart recorded eight points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3P, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, a season-high nine assists and one steal in 33 minutes ... The Trail Blazers outscored the Cavaliers 21-7 in fast-break points ... Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland with a game-high 34 points in 31 minutes.

INJURY REPORT

Drew Eubanks (right hip) is QUESTIONALBLE, Josh Hart is DOUBTFUL (left ankle), and Keon Johnson (left hip), Damian Lillard (right soleus), Nassir Little (right femoral head impaction), and Gary Payton II are OUT.

The Jazz, having played last night, have not yet released their injury report for Saturday’s game in Utah.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Tip for Saturday's game is scheduled for 6:00 pm PT. All Portland Trail Blazers regular season and preseason games will be broadcast on the Trail Blazers Broadcasting flagship station, Rip City Radio 620 AM. Travis Demers begins his fourth full season providing play-by-play commentary for all home and away games, with Michael Holton adding commentary.

On television, ROOT SPORTS PLUS will air 81 Trail Blazers regular season games featuring Kevin Calabro calling play-by-play, Lamar Hurd providing analysis and Brooke Olzendam reporting from the sideline. Between ROOT SPORTS PLUS, TNT and ESPN, all 82 regular season games will be televised. For all viewing options, visit www.trailblazers.com/watch.