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Swanigan leads the way and Collins fares reasonably well in their Las Vegas Summer League debuts for Portland

The Trail Blazers had a steady effort and solid second half and beat the Utah Jazz 72-63 Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion in their Las Vegas Summer League opener.

All eyes on the Trail Blazers focused on two incumbents, Jake Layman and Pat Connaughton, and first-round draft picks Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.

The results:

Layman had 13 points in 29 of the 40 minutes.

Connaughton failed to score but had a team-high six assists in 30 minutes.

Collins totaled 10 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes.

Swanigan grabbed a team-best 13 rebounds and had a team-leading 16 points in 28 minutes.

For Utah, rookie point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, from Gonzaga and Happy Valley, came off the bench for 19 minutes and finished with two points and two assists. He was 1 of 6 from the floor

Donovan Mitchell, a 6-3 guard from Louisville who was 13th in the June draft, led the Jazz with 19 points.

Portland's next game is 5:30 p.m. PT Sunday against Boston.

The Blazers led 18-12 after one quarter.

Highlights for Portland at that point:

• Collins, the 6-11 No. 10 overall draft pick from Gonzaga, passed well and hit 1 of 2 shots from 3-point range.

• Swanigan, the 6-8 1/2 forward who was the 26th pick in the draft out of Purdue, got to eight rebounds in eight minutes.

• The 6-9 Layman, a small forward from Maryland returning for his second NBA season, sank 2 of 3 shots from beyond the arc.

At the half, Utah led 32-30. Layman had 11 points. Swanigan had 10 points and nine rebounds, both in 15 minutes. Collins had five points and three rebounds, with four turnovers in 16 minutes. The 6-5 Connaughton was 0 for 5 from the field and pointless in 14 minues.

After three quarters, the Blazers were on top, 54-44.

In the category of work-in-progress: Swanigan had trouble finishing at times, while Collins struggled some off the dribble and needs more strength to help him post up.

But Swanigan showed a knack for following the ball, and Collins' length and quick spring helped him contest and block shots.

Swanigan was 4 of 12 from the field, sinking 1 of 3 of his 3-point tries. Collins went 3 for 13, and was 1 for 4 from deep.

Each had an open dunk in the fourth quarter, when Utah never threatened.

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