Jazz extends winning streak to five with Trail Blazers win


December 29, 2021; Portland, Oregon, United States; Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) fouls Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gobert scored 22 points and took 14 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead the visiting Utah Jazz to a 120-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Six Jazz players scored 15 or more points and the team shot 52.9% from the field to win their fifth straight game overall and take their road record to 7-0.

Damian Lillard and Norman Powell each shot 32 points for Portland, but Larry Nance Jr. (14 points) was the only other Blazer to hit double digits for the shorthanded team who have lost three straight.

The Blazers, who have never led and trailed up to 22 points, were without two coaches, including Portland head coach Chauncey Billups, and seven players who are all within NBA health and safety protocols. .

The Utah bench came out on top on a night when the team’s leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell, was sidelined with a back injury.

With Gay, who had eight of 13 shots and grabbed six rebounds, Jordan Clarkson had 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, and former Blazer great Hassan Whiteside had a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double. .

In total, the bench of Jazz dominated the backups of the Blazers 59-22.

Gobert scored the first points on the scoreboard with a dunk, foreshadowing a dominant indoor night for Jazz. Utah led Portland 74-30 in paint.

Bojan Bogdanovic got off to a good start, quickly scoring eight of his 15 points to give the Jazz a 16-3 lead almost six minutes into the game. Lillard helped Portland move closer to five, 25-20, with a 3 pointer, but Gobert and Clarkson finished the quarter with back-to-back dunks for a 36-27 lead.

Despite 13 points in the second quarter by Powell, the Jazz built their lead to 16 before settling for a 10 point advantage at the break.

Gobert dominated the inside to open the fourth, scoring six straight points for Jazz to give Utah a 107-87 lead with 7:26 remaining.

Utah improved to 5-0 against its opponents in the Northwest Division and to 15-3 in action in the Western Conference.

– Media at field level

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