Burke, Jazz take down Portland
SALT LAKE CITY — Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points, and the Utah Jazz cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers 109-96 on Thursday night.
Burke made 12 of 19 shots, and Gordon Hayward had 23 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Rodney Hood finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Utah had dropped three of four.
The Jazz grabbed control in the second quarter, outscoring the Blazers by 18 after the game was tied at 25 after one. Utah hit four 3-pointers during a 21-3 run.
Portland's C.J. McCollum scored 32 points, including six 3-pointers. Meyers Leonard had 17, and Allen Crabbe added 15.
The Blazers are 2-3 in their last five games.
Utah played without Derrick Favors, who has been hampered by back spasms and missed his fourth straight game. The banged-up Jazz also are missing Rudy Gobert (knee) and Alec Burks (lower leg) due to significant injuries.
Trail Blazers: Portland was held to 14 second-quarter points, the third-fewest it has scored in any quarter this season. ... McCollum has scored 20-plus points in nine of his last 12 games.
Jazz: Utah was coming off a 94-80 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday night. It improved to 4-2 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... Elijah Millsap had seen an increase in court time due to injuries, but didn't enter until there was 2:03 left in the game. ... Utah shot 35 percent from the floor in the loss to the Timberwolves, and then 50 percent against Portland.
Favors has been receiving treatment and traveling with the team. He went through a pregame shooting routine Thursday.
Portland played without Damian Lillard, who missed his sixth straight game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Hood's 18 points were his best total since he scored 23 on Dec. 13. The Jazz need him to be a more consistent scorer, especially with Burks out.
Trail Blazers: Visit the Nuggets on Sunday.
Jazz: Host the Grizzlies on Saturday.