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Blazers vs. Jazz Final Score: 111-105; Portland Loses Last Home Game Versus Utah

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Portland fell short in the fourth quarter without LaMarcus Aldridge Saturday night against Utah.

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Damian Lillard had 28 points, CJ McCollum had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals, but the Portland Trail Blazers fell without LaMarcus Aldridge and Arron Afflalo in their last home game of the regular season, losing to the Utah Jazz, 111-105 Saturday night at Moda Center.

The first quarter was an absolute travesty for the Blazers.  Robin Lopez led the scoring with eight for Portland, but the team only scored 19 points.   Meanwhile, Trevor Booker of the Jazz scored 19... by himself, on 6-of-6 shooting, setting a new career-high for points in a game just 12 minutes into the game.  Behind Booker, Utah led by 13 after one.

Portland momentarily came alive in the second quarter after a dunk by Allen Crabbe off a backdoor feed from Nicolas Batum.  CJ McCollum scored ten quick points and the Blazers closed to within two.  Then Lillard missed an open three, Batum missed two more, and the combination of Chris Johnson and Rodney Hood re-extended the lead for the Jazz.  Some interesting calls by the referees added to the frustration of the Blazers and the home crowd, and Utah brought their lead back to ten at halftime.

The Blazers finally put it together in the third, with Lillard and McCollum leading the charge.  Lillard had ten, McCollum six, Meyers Leonard had six, and Portland reversed the deficit to take a four point lead.  Booker continued to be a thorn in the side of the Blazers, scoring 11 more, but the Blazers took a three point lead into the fourth quarter.

Just as soon as they got the advantage, the home team gave it right back at the start of the fourth quarter.  The list of unknown players causing damage for the Blazers got larger when Bryce Cotton scored seven quick points and assisted on a basket by Jeremy Evans.  Behind them, Utah ran on a 13-0 run for an eight point lead.  The Blazers tried to counter, but Utah kept forcing their way to the free throw line.  Lillard took it upon himself to lead the team, scoring nine in the period, and a feed from McCollum to Lopez tied the game at 101.  Hood hit a running shot for Utah, and free throws by Booker gave the Jazz a four point lead with 1:18 remaining.  Portland had multiple chances on the next possession, but they all fell short.  One final chance fell when the Blazers failed to inbound the ball in time, allowing Utah to seal the game.

Crabbe led the bench with a career-high 11 points.  Lopez had a season-high 21 points.  Leonard had twelve points and four rebounds starting for the injured Aldridge.  Batum had eight assists, six rebounds and three steals, but also shot 1-of-10 from the field.  Booker had a career-high 36 points for the Jazz.


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