Jazz hold off Blazers
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 of his 35 points in the third quarter and Joe Ingles scored 14 of his 26 points in the first quarter as Utah held off the Trail Blazers 121-115 Thursday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Portland (14-18) rallied from 20 points down after three quarters to within a point in the closing minutes before the Jazz (19-12) pulled out the victory.
Damian Lillard scored 34 points and CJ McCollum added 25 for the Blazers, who return home Saturday to play host to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Utah jumped to a 12-2 lead. Ingles had 14 points — 5 for 5 from the field, 4 for 4 from 3-point range — as the Jazz hiked the difference to 22-10. It was 37-22 after one quarter, with the Jazz shooting .636 from the field, including 7 for 10 from beyond the arc.
Portland used a 9-0 run to draw within 37-31. Utah responded with a 7-0 spurt to make the score 44-31. The spread was 62-52 at the half, with Ingles scoring 17 for the Jazz and Lillard 16 for the Blazers.
Utah opened the second half on a 14-3 tear to stoke its advantage to 76-55 with eight minutes left in the third quarter. It was 86-63 before Lillard scored eight straight points to cut it to 86-71 late in the quarter. Utah took a 96-76 edge into the final period.
The Blazers outscored the Jazz 17-4 to open the fourth quarter to get to within 100-93. McCollum's driving layup got Portland within 103-102 with 4:39 to go. Mitchell and Ingles scored on back-to-back drives to make the count 107-102 with 3:46 remaining.
Lillard banged in a contested 3-pointer to trim it to 107-105, but Mitchell converted a layup to make it 109-105.
McCollum sank a floater to get the Blazers within 109-107.
But Bogdan Boganovic buried a 3 at the shot clock to give Utah a 112-107 with 1:44 remaining.
Lillard and Mitchell traded 3-pointers, and McCollum converted a banker to make the score 115-112 with 48 seconds left.
But after a Utah miss, Carmelo Anthony's 3-point attempt was partially blocked.
Mitchell sank a pair at the line with 18.2 seconds to play to make the score 117-112.
After a Lillard free throw, Skal Labissiere dunked to bring Portland to within 117-115 with 15.1 seconds to go. Bogdanovic hit a foul shot, Mitchell made of two free throws to make it 119-115 with 13 ticks left. Lillard's drive was blocked by Rudy Gobert, and the issue was finally decided.
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