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Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge spark Trail Blazers by Jazz

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LaMarcus Aldridge put up 20 points and recorded 15 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a blowout victory over the Utah Jazz, 130-98. The Trail Blazers had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 46-83 (55.4%) from the field, including 17-23 (73.9%) from three-point range. This is the fourth win in a row for Portland (17-3).

Aldridge shot 7-14 from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Portland were Damian Lillard with 21 points and 6 assists, Nicolas Batum with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Thomas Robinson with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Alec Burks scored 16 points off the bench for Utah on 6-16 shooting, including 1-3 from behind the arc.

As dictated by the data, Portland controlled the offensive backboards in this contest, finishing with an OR% of 44.7%. They rank fourth in the league in that metric at 29.3%. The defense of Utah, on the other hand, is 29th in the NBA on the glass with a DR% of 71.6%. Along with their eFG% of 65.7%, the Trail Blazers connected at a rate of 73.9% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (3-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Jazz are 1-4 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Utah (4-17) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Indiana on Wednesday.

Coming up next, the Trail Blazers square off with the Dallas Mavericks, who are 12-8 on the year. The Jazz match up with the Sacramento Kings, currently 4-13 this season.


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