NBA Game Summary - Portland at Utah
(Wednesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Utah 118, Portland 105
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur poured in a season-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds, as the surging Utah Jazz handled the Portland Trail Blazers, 118-105, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Andrei Kirilenko added 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds for the Jazz, who have won a season-best seven in a row. Wesley Matthews donated 16 points and five boards off the bench. Deron Williams chipped in 13 points and 13 assists while Paul Millsap tallied 12 points, nine boards, and five assists for Utah, which has won nine straight at home.
"We passed the ball real well tonight," Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan said. "For the most part we passed it to guys that were open and we got some easy baskets. We shot an amazing 63 percent and had 32 assists. Deron (Williams) was terrific. He was terrific with the ball and he found people as did other people, Andrei (Kirilenko) had some great passes as well."
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Blazers, who have dropped four of six. Martell Webster chipped in 20 points while Jerryd Bayless added 14 points for Portland, which has lost 16 of its last 18 trips to Utah.
The Jazz held a 29-27 edge following 12 minutes of play, and used a 12-5 spurt early in the second to build a nine-point margin. Kirilenko's slam made it 43-34 with 6:45 remaining until half. The score was 60-52 at the break.
Utah held an 88-77 lead following a tight third quarter.
The Blazers ripped off six straight points to get within 97-90 on an Aldridge jumper with 6:43 to go in the fourth.
The Jazz responded with an 8-1 flurry to gain some breathing room. Matthews made a pair of layups to begin the burst, which Okur capped with a long jumper to give Utah a 105-91 lead with 3:46 to play.
Portland never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
"They do a lot of back cutting," Aldridge said. "It's tough because you're trying to load up and help out your teammates then they back cut you and end up with easy baskets. I put them right up at the top with the best teams (in the league). As far as execution and their assists they do a great job."
Jazz forward Carlos Boozer missed his third straight game with a right calf injury...Bayless returned to the game after suffering a wrist injury in the first quarter...The Jazz shot 62.7 percent from the floor, while the Blazers made 42.5 percent of their shots.
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