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Portland leads early, but Jazz take over and cruise; Anfernee Simons has big game off bench.

SIMONSThe good news is the Trail Blazers play Detroit on Tuesday and San Antonio on Thursday, two sub-.500 teams, at Moda Center, where Portland has won nine of its first 10 games.

In fact, the Blazers play eight of the next nine games at home.

The bad news is the Trail Blazers are continuing to rack up losses on the road. It's 1-10 on the road now, as Utah became the latest team to shoot well and beat Portland, winning 129-107 Monday.

"We're such a different ball club on the road. We play with this casualness a lot of times, with no urgency. That's dangerous," coach Chauncey Billups said.

The opposing team has shot better than .500 in nine of the 10 road losses for Portland (10-11). The Trail Blazers led 21-13 on Anfernee Simons' 3-pointer with 1:42 left in the first quarter, holding the Jazz (14-7) to barely 20% percent shooting in the early going.

But, the Jazz scored 116 points over the next 37 minutes, and ended up shooting .528 from the floor and making 19 of 46 3-pointers (.413). And Utah had only five turnovers.

Donovan Mitchell had 30 points, five assists, three rebounds and four steals. Jordan Clarkson hit six 3-pointers and added 22 points. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Simons had 24 points, making 10 of 15 shots (4 of 7 3-pointers). Jusuf Nurkic also had 24 points with 10 rebounds.

"Ant was really good, his shot making was top notch," Billups said.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 30 points on 11-of-29 shooting (3 of 9 3-pointers).

Norman Powell sat out the game (right quad contusion). Tony Snell replaced him in the starting lineup, and then Nassir Little started the second half.

Only Houston (zero) has fewer road wins than Portland, whose lone road win came at Houston.

The next four Portland games are at Moda Center, including 7 p.m. Tuesday versus Detroit (4-16). Then it's San Antonio (6-13) on Thursday.

The Blazers play eight of the next nine games at home, as well as 11 of the next 14 games and 15 of the next 19 games (till mid January) at home.


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