Sharpshooting Jazz top BlazersNov 21, 2010 - 7:52 AM Portland, OR (Sports Network) - C.J. Miles finished with a game-high 25 points and Al Jefferson scored 20 with 14 rebounds, as the Utah Jazz topped the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-94, at the Rose Garden.
Deron Williams added 12 points and 11 assists, and Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and six rebounds for Utah, which has won seven of its last nine.
"(Miles) shot it and shot it well," Williams said. "Especially when it counted. He hit some threes from three or four feet past the three-point line. He gave us a lot of energy."
Andrei Kirilenko contributed with 13 points for the Jazz, who made all 21 free throws they attempted.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews finished with 16 points for Portland, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.
"If it was a three-quarter game, it would have been all right," Matthews said. "We knew going into this that they're known for comebacks, and we just didn't put it together for four quarters."
Andre Miller added 15 points and nine assists, and Nicolas Batum supplied 14 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Aldridge scored 10 points in the first quarter and Portland held a 24-19 advantage after 12 minutes of play.
The Blazers extended their lead to as many as 11 in the second quarter, but the Jazz responded in the final minutes and cut the margin to 48-45 heading into the locker room.
Utah tied the game three times in the third, but Aldridge had an alley-oop dunk with 20.9 ticks remaining to send the game into the fourth with Portland up 74-65.
A Miles three-pointer at 6:45 in the final quarter gave the Jazz an 82-80 lead and, they used two more Miles treys a minute later to extend their advantage to eight.
Utah held its lead down the stretch, and after Portland missed three straight shots in the final minute, Williams ended the game with four free throws to record the final margin.
Utah was without head coach Jerry Sloan, who is missing time due to personal reasons... Utah has won four straight in this series...Portland was without Brandon Roy, who is dealing with a left knee injury...The Blazers won the rebounding battle 48-38...Portland made 20-of-22 free throws.
- UTAH: 103
Nov 21 12:29 AM
- UTAH: 65
End of Regulation
Nov 20 11:55 PM
- UTAH: 45
Nov 20 11:07 PM
- UTAH: 19
Nov 20 10:36 PM
- UTAH: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Nov 20 10:12 PM
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