NBA Game Summary - Utah at Portland
(Friday, December 14th)
Final Score: Portland 99, Utah 91
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 29 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz, 99-91, running their win streak to six games before a sellout crowd at the Rose Garden.
Travis Outlaw had 21 points and grabbed six rebounds, and James Jones also had 14 off the bench for Portland, which has won six straight for the first time since an eight-game run from December 14-30, 2002.
Martell Webster donated 10 points in the victory, as the Blazers also picked up their fourth consecutive win at home.
Carlos Boozer had a team-high 22 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds for the hapless Jazz, who have dropped six straight. It's the longest slump since the club dropped nine in a row from March 4-19, 2005.
Andrei Kirilenko chipped in with 16 points, Ronnie Brewer had 13 and Deron Williams added 11 points and dished out 10 assists for Utah, which was once again without center Mehmet Okur, who missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury.
Trailing by four heading to the final stanza, Portland pulled in front with a 7-0 run. Jones drained three consecutive shots from the line, then added a jumper before Outlaw capped the spurt with a quick shot off a Kirilenko miss at the other end.
Brewer answered with a jumper for Utah, cutting it to 77-76, and after both sides went through a brief cold spurt, they traded buckets down inside of two minutes to play.
An Outlaw jump shot made it 93-87 with 1:10 remaining, while Brewer made a pair from the charity stripe to pull the Jazz within four. That's as close as they would get, however, as Portland finished the game out at the line.
Following a Webster three just 56 seconds in, Portland took the lead and ran with it through the first quarter. Roy's layup at 6:26 gave the club a 14-8 advantage, and though Utah clawed back, it was never able to go in front.
An Outlaw jumper put the Trail Blazers on top, 28-26, heading to the second stanza, and they managed to hold the lead until a Ronnie Price free throw at the other end tied it at 33-33 just inside of nine minutes to play.
Portland went back in front on a Jones trey and a pair of Roy free throws, but the Jazz rallied. A Boozer free throw with 4:42 left ignited a 16-8 run to close out the half, as the Jazz held a slim 54-53 advantage.
Utah continued to run in front and led 74-70 heading to the fourth quarter.
LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers' leading scorer and rebounder, missed his third game with plantar fasciitis...This was the second meeting between the clubs this week, as Portland beat Utah, 97-89, on December 11 at EnergySolutions Arena...The Blazers have won four of the last five contests in the series...Portland is 9-3 at home this season...The Jazz fell to 5-9 on the road thus far...Boozer also had a season-high in assists with six, and steals, with four.
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