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Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,127

Trail Blazers wary of Jazz team that beat Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. The Jazz and Trail Blazers have each won 19 times over these teams' last 38 meetings, and just two points separate the teams in those games (Portland 3798, Utah 3796).
  2. Utah has blocked at least three shots in 76 straight games, tied for the third-longest streak in the NBA in the last 30 years. The only teams with longer streaks over that span are the Spurs (154 straight from 2003-05) and the Warriors (90 straight from 2017-18).
  3. Derrick Favors has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in each of his last 15 games, the longest active streak in the NBA and the longest streak of his career.
  4. Rudy Gobert (.663) and Derrick Favors (.608) are on pace to become only the third teammate duo in NBA history to each shoot 60.0+ percent from the field in the same season (minimum 7.0 FGA per game), along with Artis Gilmore and Steve Johnson of the 1985-86 Spurs and Montrezl Harrell and DeAndre Jordan of last year's Clippers.
  5. Jusuf Nurkic currently leads the Blazers in rebounds, steals and blocks this year. Since blocks and steals became official stats in 1973-74, no Portland player has led the team in all three categories over a full season.
  6. Damian Lillard has scored in double figures in 170 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the NBA (LeBron James 904, James Harden 291) and the third-longest streak in franchise history (Clyde Drexler 183, Kiki Vandeweghe 176).

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Utah Jazz have the attention of the Portland Trail Blazers, whom they meet Friday night at Moda Center.

Utah (15-17) knocked off Golden State 108-103 Wednesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena, an impressive win given that the Jazz had lost four of their previous five outings and prevailed despite guards Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio combining to make 5 of 34 shots from the field.

"You know they're a good team, but the West is tough this year, so a lot of teams' record doesn't reflect what they're capable of," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. "That's the biggest example. (The Jazz) go up against Golden State, the powerhouse of the league at full strength, and win, while (the Jazz) have been in a tough stretch. That just tells you right there how good they are."

The Jazz beat the defending NBA champions with timely 3-point shooting and strong defense, the latter category led by center Rudy Gobert, who contributed 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.

"Guys did a remarkable job being physical, respecting the game plan," Gobert said. "We know (the Warriors are) the best shooting team in the league, and we did a good job controlling them."

The Jazz's next mission is to do what they can to control Lillard, who has been a one-man wrecking crew against Utah through his seven years in the NBA. In the teams' four meetings last season, Lillard averaged 33.0 points. In 23 career games against Utah, the first-team All-NBA selection from 2017-18 has averaged 26.7 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from 3-point range.

"We have to find a way to contain him," Utah forward Derrick Favors said. "He's going to make shots; he's going to make plays. We just have to try to contest every shot, try to make it as tough as possible for him.

"It's not just against us -- he's been having success against a lot of teams. He's a good player; I give him that respect."

In a 99-92 home win by Portland (18-13) over Memphis Wednesday night, Lillard exploded for 15 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter, hitting 5 of 8 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point line.

It's been Lillard's mode of operation often through this season. He leads the NBA in second-half scoring (15.6 points) and has made 46 of 96 3-point shots (47.9 percent) in the third quarter, the 46 makes the most in the league.

"In the first half, I'm just letting the game happen," Lillard said. "If I'm coming out and getting open looks, I'll be more aggressive in the first half. But most of the time, I'm setting guys up, managing the game and seeing what's going on, taking what comes to me.

"In that third quarter, that's usually when you can tell what direction the game is going. The game is decided in the second half. Usually I get more aggressive and impose my will more than in the first half."

Updated December 20, 2018

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