NBA Game Summary - Portland at Utah
(Friday, December 10th)
Final Score: Utah 92, Portland 87 (OT)
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Matt Harpring finished with 17 points and hit a jumper in overtime to give the Jazz the lead for good, as Utah snapped a six-game skid with a 92-87 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in a wild affair.
"The most important thing was we were able to get a win," said Utah head coach Jerry Sloan. "We didn't get the job done in regulation but at least these guys fought back. I think that was good for them."
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who won for the first time since Andrei Kirilinko went down with a knee injury.
Zach Randolph collected 23 points and six rebounds, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 19 points and seven caroms for the Blazers, who have lost three of four.
"It was a tough game," said Randolph. "I think we got a lot of bad calls toward the end. That was a close game. I don't know what to say."
The game featured 17 lead changes, 11 ties, a key referee call and several big shots for both clubs down the stretch. This was the first of a home-and-home which will wrap up Sunday at the Rose Garden.
Harpring hit an eight-footer to put the Jazz up by one, at 88-87, with 1:17 remaining. After Portland missed two shots on its next possession, Boozer made one-of-two free throws for an 89-87 Utah lead.
Once again Portland failed to score, and Carlos Arroyo was fouled. The Jazz point guard hit one-of-two free throws to advance the Utah edge to three points, at 90-87 with 17.9 seconds left.
Anderson missed a three-pointer in the waning seconds, and Harpring was fouled with 1.2 seconds left. He hit two free throws to account for the final score.
With the game tied at 81 apiece in the waning seconds of regulation, Utah's Mehmet Okur missed a three-pointer.
Okur was fouled attempting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation, and went to the line for three foul shots. The Utah center came through by hitting all three of his free throws.
The Jazz needed all of them, as the Blazers inbounded with just 1.3 seconds left, but Damon Stoudamire was allowed to launch a three-pointer from the right sideline, and he drained the trey to send the game into overtime.
Harpring hit a rainbow 10-footer to put the Jazz up 83-81 one minute into the extra session.
Theo Ratliff hit one-of-two free throws to pull within 83-82. Okur hit one-of- two on the other end, and a Randolph layup tied the game at 84 apiece with 2:40 left.
Utah's bench outscored its starters 22-20 in the first half, while Portland's reserves had just two points prior to the intermission.
Nineteen-year-old Portland rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair had nine of his season-high 13 points in the third quarter. It was Telfair's play and Stoudamire's poor shooting that had the rookie in the game for much of the second half, but the veteran made his statement at the end of regulation.
Portland led 19-13 with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter after a three-point play by Zach Randolph. But Utah ended the frame on a 6-0 run to pull even after 12 minutes. Kurt Humphries had five points during the spurt.
The second quarter was a see-saw affair, with the teams trading leads. Jarron Collins hit a layup with 3:19 left to put the Jazz up 37-32. But Portland rattled off six straight, capped by a Randolph hoop, to go up by one with two points left in the half. Portland would take a 43-42 lead into the locker room.
Collins left with a sprained right knee with 8:51 left in the third quarter....Utah was 3-for-6 from the charity stripe in overtime...Utah's bench outscored the Blazers' reserves, 32-17...Utah has won six of the last eight meetings with Portland and nine of the last 13...This was the Jazz' longest losing streak since Jan-Feb. 1983.
12/11 02:25:22 ET