Kirilenko leads Jazz past Trail Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Andrei Kirilenko posted 23 points and 13
rebounds as Utah downed Portland, 102-89, at the Rose Garden.
Carlos Boozer notched 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won
three of four. Mehmet Okur scored 21 points and grabbed 14 boards, while Deron
Williams added 18 points.
Zach Randolph scored 24 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost a season-
worst 10 games straight. Martell Webster scored 23 points, while Jarrett Jack
added 12 points.
“I thought he [Randolph] was being aggressive,” Portland coach Nate McMillan
said. “He was getting some double teams early, and missed some shots. He
didn’t have the lift and was attacking the rim. In the second half he got more
aggressive, and when he did went to the basket with aggressive moves.”
Utah is 2 1/2 games behind Sacramento for the eighth spot in the West. It also
trails ninth-place New Orleans/Oklahoma City by one-half game.
The Jazz led 25-22 heading into the second quarter, in which they outscored
the Blazers by 10 to lead 54-41 at halftime.
Portland cut its deficit by two in the third quarter, and trailed 81-70
heading into the final stanza, in which Utah gained two points back on the
lead for the final margin.
“I wouldn’t say we had lots of energy but we did a pretty good job on
concentrating and focusing on the game, and we held down Portland defensively
except for the fourth quarter when Zach Randolph started scoring,” Kirilenko
said. “I think we held them good. Offensively, we just executed well and
didn’t give them any chance.”
Portland played the finale of a four-game homestand. The Trail Blazers are
just 14-22 as the host this season. They have dropped five in a row at the
Utah, meanwhile, concluded a three-game road trip in Portland. The Jazz are
3-5 in their last eight road games and 17-20 as the guest this season.
This was the third meeting of the season between the squads. In the two
previous contests, the Jazz picked up wins at home and on the road…Utah has
won six of nine meetings against Portland, while Utah has won five of its last
11 as the visitor against the Trail Blazers…Utah, which has won four of the
last five contests in this series, is scheduled to host the Trail Blazers on
April 8th at the Delta Center in the fourth and final contest of the season
between the clubs.