The Portland Trail Blazers are now in 6th place in the Western Conference Playoff Race after disposing of the pesky Utah Jazz. Utah fell behind early and never recovered, the Blazers beat the Jazz 98-87. This loss was just another blow to the injury depleted Jazz, I’m sure they can’t wait for the season to end so they can start fresh! I do want to say I truly respect the manner in which the Jazz have competed, there hasn’t been 1 game where they haven’t stopped fighting or playing for their new coach. Portland jumped out early in this one and never really gave the lead up, every time the Jazz would make a run Portland answered with a run of it’s own. Portland’s wings ran amok tonight, Gerald Wallace and Nic Batum combined for 6 of 9 shooting from deep. Wallace finished with 29 points, 8 boards, and a block!! Batum scored 21 points, no other member of the Blazers scored 20. Utah DID get Devin Harris back for this game, they also only had 9 PLAYERS healthy enough to suit up!! Utah has been hampered by injuries all year it seems, Harris did have a big game scoring 26 points and hitting 5 three pointers!! The bad for Harris was that he turned the rock over 7 TIMES!! CJ Miles and Gordon Hayward both struggled tonight as they scored 10 points a piece, the bigs did come to work for the Jazz though. Paul Milsap had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Al Jefferson scored 10 points and grabbed 14 boards!! The duo combined for 5 blocks in this game, rookie big man Derek Favors provided 8 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. This loss dropped the Jazz record to 37-42, their next game is Saturday on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.
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