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SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson led the Utah Jazz to their fifth straight victory with 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 112-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Jefferson, the current Western Conference player of the week, hit 12 of 21 shots from the field and led six Jazz players in double figures in the rout.

Mo Williams scored 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and had nine assists. Derrick Favors added 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Randy Foye, coming off of an 8 of 9 3-point outing, hit 3 of 6 3-pointers for 11 points.

Riding their longest winning streak of the season, the Jazz have improved to 39-36 and moved into sole possession of the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (38-36).

Former Jazz guard Wesley Matthews scored 23 points for Portland, which dropped its fifth game in a row. Point guard Damian Lillard added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the struggling Blazers (33-41), who are all but eliminated from playoff contention.

The Jazz opened an early 14-point lead before Portland rallied to get within three points in the second quarter.

Utah, which led 56-49 at halftime, turned it on in the third quarter.

Mo Williams hit three of his six 3-pointers in the quarter as the Jazz broke the game open, re-establishing a 14-point advantage.

Utah shot a sizzling 54.2 percent from the field, but that was cool compared with the Trail Blazers, who lost despite going 39 of 67 from the field (58.2 percent).

Utah took 16 more shots than Portland and dominated inside with a 52-28 points in the paint edge.

The Blazers played without All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who remained in Portland because of a sprained ankle.

Lillard hit 3 of 7 3-pointers. He broke the NBA's rookie record for 3-pointers in the first quarter, passing the Warriors' Steph Curry, who held the mark of 166.

NOTES: Jefferson earned Western Conference player of the week honors after helping the Jazz go 4-0 from March 25 to March 31. "It's a great feeling," he said. "It's great to see that I'm player of the week. It's good to see your name in that type of category." Jefferson averaged 19.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the week to land his fifth player of the week award in his nine-year career. ... Lillard had a large group of fans at the game cheering for him. The Rookie of the Year candidate played at Weber State, which is about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City in Ogden. ... Lillard is not the only reason why the Blazers have a familiar look for Utah basketball fans. Three Portland players previously played for the Jazz -- Wesley Matthews, Eric Maynor and Sasha Pavlovic.
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