Sunday , Dec , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Okur, Jazz top Trail Blazers

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur scored 20 points and
grabbed seven rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 96-86.

Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards for Utah, which has
won three of four. Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 points, and Derek Fisher and
Paul Millsap scored 11 points each in the victory.

Zach Randolph led Portland with 34 points and 13 rebounds, but could not
prevent the Trail Blazers’ fourth loss in five games. Brandon Roy was the only
other Portland player to register double figures in points, with 17.

The Trail Blazers trailed by as much as 24 points in the third quarter, but
trimmed the deficit to six before fading in the end.

A Fisher three put the Jazz up 71-47 with 3:26 left in the third, but Portland
answered with a run to make things interesting. The Trail Blazers outscored
Utah 15-2 over the remainder of the quarter, and cut the deficit to 73-62
entering the fourth on the strength of a Juan Dixon basket at the buzzer.

Randolph hit baskets on consecutive possessions to bring Portland to within
79-73 with 7:23 left, capping a 26-8 run that bridged the final two quarters.
Unfortunately for Portland, that was as interesting as things would get, and
Utah iced the win an 8-2 run late in the fourth. An Okur jumper ended the run
with just over a minute to play, giving Utah a 94-82 lead.

Portland led 21-20 after the first quarter, but Utah outscored the Trail
Blazers 29-14 in the second quarter to take a 49-35 halftime lead.

Game Notes

Utah is now 13-2 at home on the season…The Jazz hit 50.6 percent from the
field improving to 13-0 when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.