Jazz push past Portland despite injuries, 93-89
The Jazz were a little shorthanded Monday when they hosted the Portland Trailblazers because starters Raja Bell and Al Jefferson were both injured.
Derrick Favors started in place of Jefferson whose inflamed right ankle was in a walking cast.
Paul Millsap had his hands full with blazers power forward Lamarcus Aldridge – who spins away from Paul and slams home the lob pass from Marcus Camby for 2 of his 25 points.
But Millsap gets even with a block on Gerald Wallace and starts the fast break andC.J. Miles finishes it.
The Jazz were down by 6 at halftime.
Utah really picked it up in the 3rd quarter with Devin Harris commits the left and delivers the alley to Millsap, who brings down the oop to get the Jazz within 4.
Jeremy Evans may or may not get invited to the NBA dunk contest, so he turned the 4th quarter into his own personal dunkfest – the first following the Miles miss. Evans had 4 spectacular points during a crucial 11-3 run that put the Jazz ahead for good.
They hit their free throws down the stretch for a big 93-89 win without their big man in the middle.