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Lillard stays hot, especially after Blazers loss to Jazz

Guard didn’t get goaltending call on game-tying shot

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) is held back following the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz of Friday Feb. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 117-114. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) is held back following the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz of Friday Feb. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 117-114. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Photo Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic had 27 points and Donovan Mitchell scored a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left as the Utah Jazz overcame a 42-point performance by Damian Lillard and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-114 on Friday night.

Mike Conley added 18 points for the Jazz. Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (14 rebounds) chipped in 16 points apiece. Utah snapped a five-game losing streak.

C.J. McCollum scored 27 points, Gary Trent added 16 and Mario Hezonja 11 for Portland, which had only seven healthy players available for the bulk of the final three quarters.

Trailing by 13 points early in the third, the Jazz used a 20-6 run to erase Portland’s lead. Ingles punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, putting Utah up 86-85.

The Jazz extended their lead to 106-99 on a 3-pointer by Bogdanovic, but the Blazers rallied. Lillard tied it at 114-114 on back-to-back baskets in the final minute.

After Mitchell hit the final go-ahead layup, Gobert blocked Lillard’s layup attempt with 11.2 seconds left, but replays appeared to show Gobert touched the ball after it hit the backboard, which should have resulted in a goaltending call. No call was made, and Lillard had to be restrained from the officials after the game ended.

The Blazers shot 75% (15 of 20) in the first quarter. Lillard served as a catalyst for the blistering start.

Stopping the NBA all-star proved to be a chore for the Jazz from the opening tip. Lillard started 7 of 7 from the floor and did not miss his first shot until midway through the second quarter.

Lillard scored 16 points in the first quarter alone. His first four shots came from the perimeter. Lillard’s last two 3-pointers in that stretch were part of a string of three straight Portland baskets that put the Blazers in front 21-12.

Utah used a 17-4 run to surge ahead early in the second quarter. Conley beat the first quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer to fuel the run and Ingles capped it with another outside basket to give the Jazz a 44-41 lead.

Portland regained its footing on offense and regained the lead on a step-back 3-pointer by Lillard that broke a 52-52 tie. The Blazers used a 14-2 run to build a 72-58 halftime lead. Lillard and Gary Trent, Jr. scored back-to-back layups off steals to fuel the spurt.

Tip-ins

Blazers: Hassan Whiteside (left leg contusion) did not play. … Trevor Ariza was ejected with 10:05 left in the second quarter after earning two technical fouls when he verbally accosted a referee. … Anfernee Simons did not return after suffering a concussion with 20.7 seconds left in the first quarter. Simons hit the back of his head on the floor after a missed shot. He finished with five points in four minutes. … Caleb Swanigan matched his career high with 11 rebounds.

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