Jazz down Blazers for fifth straight win
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz's longest winning streak of the season couldn't have come at a better time.
The Jazz have rattled off five straight victories, including Monday's 112-102 wire-to-wire triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers to move into sole position of eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Al Jefferson put up 24 points with 10 rebounds and Mo Williams added 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from behind the arc for the Jazz, who shot 54 percent from the field and had six players score in double figures.
Utah was looking up at the Los Angeles Lakers for the West's last playoff spot following a four-game skid, but moved ahead by a half-game thanks to this run.
Portland, playing without LaMarcus Aldridge for the third straight game, dropped its fifth in a row. Wesley Matthews had a team-high 23 points, while Damian Lillard chipped in 17 while setting a single-season rookie record for made 3-pointers.
04/01 23:30:19 ET