National Basketball Association
Portland 105, Utah 99
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 2, 2013
Trail Blazers 105, Jazz 99
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
#34 Kevin Cutler, #12 Violet Palmer, #22 Bill Spooner
: Rookie Damian Lillard scored 23 points to lead host Portland to a win over Utah in the back half of a home-and-home set.
J.J. Hickson scored 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 for the Trail Blazers, who had a season-low 77 points in a loss in Salt Lake City on Friday. Nicolas Batum finished one assist shy of his third triple-double in seven games.
Randy Foye led five Jazz players in double figures with 23 points. Utah fell to 9-17 on the road despite producing 24 assists against only four turnovers.
Foye hit three of his six 3-pointers midway through the third to help the Jazz build a 63-53 lead. Portland responded with a 21-4 run, and Nolan Smith's 3-pointer early in the fourth gave the Blazers a 79-71 advantage.
Utah managed to forge a tie moments later but never regained the lead after Luke Babbitt snapped the deadlock with a 3-pointer with 7:07 left. Foye made it interesting with six points in the final minute, including a 3-pointer that made it a three-point game, but Portland iced it at the line.
: Jazz F Gordon Hayward missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right shoulder. PG Earl Watson also sat with a knee issue. ... The Blazers were without SG Wesley Matthews and backup PG Ronnie Price, both out with ankle injuries. ... Smith had 13 points in 18 minutes off the Portland bench.
Top Game Performances
Randy Foye 23
Damian Lillard 23
Jamaal Tinsley 6
Nicolas Batum 9
Paul Millsap 8
LaMarcus Aldridge 11
Paul Millsap 4
||Free Throws Made
J.J. Hickson 9
DeMarre Carroll 2
J.J. Hickson 1
DeMarre Carroll 1
LaMarcus Aldridge 2
Team Stats Summary
Portland will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .500 after a loss.
Utah will play their next game at home against Sacramento. The Jazz have a W/L % of .519 after a win and .571 after a loss.