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The Roundup—Jazz 111, Blazers 105
By Matt Payne, utahjazz.com
Playing without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke, the Jazz rolled into Portland and upset the playoff-bound Blazers 111-105 Saturday night.
Yep, that really happened.
Trevor Booker went nuts, scoring 36 points (a Jazz season high) on 12-for-15 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in the win. Rodney Hood added 21 points and eight assists, while the bench quartet of Jeremy Evans (12 points), Bryce Cotton (11 points), Chris Johnson (11 points) and Elijah Millsap (11 points) came through in a big way.
Portland’s trio of Damian Lillard (28 points), C.J. McCollum (26 points) and Robin Lopez (21 points) kept the Blazers within striking distance throughout.
Who else? Starting in place of Favors, Booker scored a season-high 19 points—in the first quarter alone. He went 6-for-7 from the field (and 3-for-3 from deep) and also grabbed six rebounds in the first 12 minutes. He got things started with two quick threes, and then capped off the quarter with a two-handed putback slam with five seconds left.
By then end of the game, Booker had shattered his preview career high of 26 points, and he also went 4-for-6 from the line in the final minute to help seal the victory
After the Blazers outscored Utah 34-21 in the third quarter to take a three-point lead, the Jazz responded with a bang. Fueled by a lineup of Cotton, Johnson, Millsap, Evans and Jack Cooley, the Jazz went on a 13-0 run—against Portland’s starters, no less—and never trailed again.
Bench points. Utah with many (45), Portland with few (16).
Coach’s Quote of the Night
“Any time you can see guys get an opportunity like that, you feel their excitement. And they just played great. Trevor Booker was amazing. He scored a lot, but he got it in the flow of the game. ... Then Bryce and Eli and Chris and Jack came in and gave us good minutes. Jeremy was terrific as well, and it was fun to see those guys do that.”
—Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
Booker was on fire from deep, going 3-for-3 in the first quarter and 4-for-4 overall. Johnson and Danté Exum hit one 3-pointer each as the Jazz finished 6-for-17 as a team from beyond the arc.
Block of the Night
With the shot clock running down early in the fourth quarter, Lopez drove in and put up a floater that was immediately rejected by the big left hand of the (for a moment, at least) high-flying Cooley. Overall, the Jazz blocked four shots.
The Jazz will play their final home game of the season on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS.