Blazers halt three-game skid

PORTLAND — Damian Lillard had 28 points and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers came back from a third-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 102-94 Friday night.

Robin Lopez had 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who avoided a season-high fourth straight loss.

Enes Kanter matched his career-high with 25 points and added 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak.

Utah opened the final quarter with a 73-64 lead, but Portland answered with a 7-0 run to close within 73-71 and went ahead on Lillard's 3-pointer with 9:18 left. Energized by regaining the lead, Lillard's alley-oop dunk off a dish from Nicolas Batum made it 80-75 with 6:07 left.

Utah kept it close down the stretch, with Richard Jefferson's 3-pointer narrowing the gap to 85-83. Batum answered with a 3-pointer for the Blazers.

Kanter's jumper got Utah within 94-91 with 1:21 to go, but Mo Williams' jumper extended it again for the Blazers, who cruised the rest of the way.

Portland was playing their second game without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has a left groin strain.

Aldridge, who leads the team with 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, also is expected to sit out Sunday night's game against Minnesota before he is reevaluated.

Dorell Wright started in Aldridge's place.


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