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Matthews scores 24, Trail Blazers rout Jazz 130-98


December 07. 2013 1:36AM
Associated Press



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(AP) Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 130-98 Friday night for their 15th victory in 16 games.


Damian Lillard added 21 points and Nicolas Batum had 13 for the Blazers, who won their fourth straight and broke a franchise mark with 17 3-pointers. Portland set a season high for points and shot 73.9 percent from 3-point range (17 for 23), an NBA record for a team with at least 20 attempts, according to basketball-reference.com.


Alec Burks had 16 points to lead the Jazz, who trailed by as many as 42. They have lost 10 of 11 games on the road this season.


Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and John Lucas III scored 10 apiece.


With the best record in the Western Conference, the Blazers (17-3) have been one of the NBA's most surprising teams. After winning just 33 games last season, Portland has more than half that total.


And after beating Indiana and Oklahoma City in their last two games, the Blazers have even gotten some national notoriety, including being the subject of a New York Times feature story Thursday.


Aldridge has scored 20 points or more in all but four games this season. He was serenaded with chants of "MVP! MVP!" after putting up 38 points and 13 rebounds in Portland's 111-104 win over the Thunder on Wednesday.


While the Blazers are leading the West, Utah (4-17) is in the basement. The Jazz entered with the least potent offense in the conference at 91.2 points per game.


Utah point guard Trey Burke struggled to contain Lillard early and scored seven points in 16 minutes. Burke, a rookie from Michigan, has given the Jazz a lift since moving into the starting lineup over the past seven games, and Utah is 3-4 during that stretch.


Lillard scored all his points in the first half and the Blazers led 67-56 at the break. They scored the first 10 points of the third and extended their lead to 89-59 by the middle of the quarter. Portland led 107-69 entering the final period.


NOTES: Batum wrote "R.I.P. Madiba" on his sneaker as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who died Thursday at 95. ... The teams play again Monday in Salt Lake City. ... Jazz F Marvin Williams (heel) did not make the trip and was replaced by Enes Kanter in the starting lineup. ... Portland's previous season high for points was 118 in overtime against Toronto on Nov. 17.


Associated Press


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