The Blazers were led by Lillard. That’s it. Moe Harkless also scored in double figures, with 12.
The Blazers opened up an early 17-5 lead behind Lillard’s strong play, and never looked back. The Jazz tried to challenge, but each time they made a run, Lillard helped stem the tide with another round of scoring. Utah kept the game close at halftime, but Portland opened it back up. With Lillard scoring 45 points through three quarters, everyone took notice. Utah kept the game just close enough, and Lillard dominated down the stretch to nearly reach the 60-point plateau. But he missed two of his last three free throws to come up short. Nobody cared, as he left the Moda Center court to a huge ovation.
Box Score (click on this, you’ve never seen it before)
A day off for the Blazers, then a date with the San Antonio Spurs, who are not expected to rest any players for the contest. But stay tuned Eric Griffith’s analysis of tonight’s game.