Friday, December 9, 2022
Dec. 9, 2022

Linkedin Pinterest

Jazz dominate Trail Blazers for eighth straight home victory

Portland held to just 49 points through three quarters

By
Published:
6 Photos
Portland Trail Blazers guard Ben McLemore (23) drives around Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Ben McLemore (23) drives around Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Adam Fondren) Photo Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 123-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Donovan Mitchell added 16 points while Royce O’Neale chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who won their eighth straight home game. The Jazz enjoyed their largest margin of victory since beating Sacramento 154-105 on April 28 last season.

Trendon Watford scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Blazers. Keon Johnson tallied a career-high 15 points and a career-high five assists. CJ Elleby chipped in 10.

Portland has lost six straight games since the NBA All-Star break. The Blazers matched season lows for first quarter points (15) and third quarter points (14).

Eight players were inactive for Portland on Wednesday, including the Blazers’ top three scorers: Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, and Anfernee Simons. With so many key players sidelined, the Blazers struggled early to keep pace with Utah’s offense.

Portland missed 11 of its first 12 shots and trailed by as many as 19 points in the first quarter. Utah took a 31-12 lead in the final minute of the quarter after Mike Conley capped a 15-4 run with a 3-pointer.

The Blazers trimmed the deficit to 33-21 on back-to-back jumpers from Elleby and Ben McLemore early in the second quarter, The Jazz answered with a 13-1 run to extend their lead to 46-22. Jordan Clarkson fueled the run with back-to-back baskets and a pair of free throws.

Portland shot 29% from the field in the first half. Utah connected on 56% of its field goals.

The Jazz carved out a 51-point lead in the third quarter – their largest in a game this season. Utah went up 94-43 on a pair of free throws from Trent Forrest with 2:34 left in the quarter.

TIP INS

Blazers: Elijah Hughes made his second start for Portland since being acquired in a trade with Utah. Hughes finished with three rebounds and zero points in 14 minutes. … The Blazers totaled 49 points heading into the fourth quarter, becoming the first NBA team to score fewer than 50 points through three quarters this season.

Jazz: No starters played in the fourth quarter for Utah and every active player on the roster played at least seven minutes. … The Jazz committed only nine turnovers.

Loading...
Tags