SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Damian Lillard had 23 points and 12 assists and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 92-89 on Wednesday night.
Lillard helped Portland snap a five-game losing streak, scoring 13 fourth-quarter points. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds.
Portland ate away at the 10-point deficit with Lillard attacking the basket, including a transition layup and a free throw for an 87-86 lead.
Derrick Favors and Trey Burke carried the load for the Jazz with Gordon Hayward (shoulder) and Rodney Hood (stomach) out. Favors finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Burke added 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Jazz led 39-37 at halftime thanks to Favors and a poor shooting effort from the Blazers. Portland was 3 for 12 from behind the arc in the first half, and Aldridge and Lillard combined for six points on 2-for-13 shooting.
Trail Blazers: Portland had 12 points in the first quarter, its lowest total in any quarter this season. The 37 points in the first half were the second-fewest they’ve scored in a half this season. … Aldridge returned after missing Tuesday night’s game with a left hand injury. … Nicolas Batum missed his second consecutive game with a lower back injury. … Chris Kaman missed his third straight game with a right shoulder strain.
Jazz: Utah used a lineup of Jack Cooley, Bryce Cotton, Trevor Booker, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum early in the second quarter. The Blazers overcame a nine-point deficit, mostly against that combination, during that stretch. … Gobert did not record a block for the second time in 12 games.
The Jazz started Burke and Elijah Millsap with Hayward and Hood out. It’s just the second time this season coach Quin Snyder has stated those two alongside Favors, Gobert and Exum. Hayward was out for the second consecutive game and Hood left the game for good in the third quarter of Monday’s loss to Minnesota.
“It certainly changes our team,” Snyder said. “Keeping the ball out of the paint was one of the things the other night that I think hurt us. We just missed that 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9, that length, and those guys playing the passing lands.
“And the most obvious thing is, it’s harder for us to score. … The ability for us to score throughout the course of the game and then execute at the end are two challenges for us right now.”
Blazers: At Phoenix on Friday night.
Jazz: At Denver on Friday night.