PORTLAND – Within the third quarter in opposition to Portland, Jordan Clarkson drove to the paint and wrapped a go across the again of the defender to chopping Walker Kessler.
The spotlight go was Clarkson’s third help. Kessler bought his sixth level on the dunk. Along with the flashy assists, Jordan Clarkson added 12 factors.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 26, 2023
The third quarter was tough for Utah. Damian Lillard and the Trailblazers introduced a three-point barrage. Lillard had 50 factors by way of the primary three quarters.
Damian Lillard simply scored TWENTY straight factors for the Blazers 😳
He is bought a 50 piece with 9 minutes left in This autumn.
📲 https://t.co/1pomQZN8Pi pic.twitter.com/GYiNrvmtqt
—NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2023
Utah trailed Portland, 102-91, on the finish of the third quarter.
The Jazz have received 5 of their final seven video games, together with a blowout 120-102 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.
The Path Blazers in the meantime will look to win their second straight after crushing the San Antonio Spurs of their final outing.
Jazz Hitting Stride Earlier than All-Star Break
Regardless of commerce rumors swirling about a number of gamers on the roster, and fatigue setting in earlier than the All-Star break the Jazz are enjoying a few of their finest basketball of the season.
The Jazz are 5-2 of their final seven video games and personal the fourth-best internet ranking within the NBA over the stretch.
The staff has outscored opponents by a mean of 5.5 factors per 100 possession over their final seven outings, trailing solely the Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, and Denver Nuggets.
🎷 Jazz on the highway tonight vs @trailblazers
Hear reside at 8: https://t.co/OExdEAiY8o
—KSL Sports activities (@kslsports) January 25, 2023
Whereas the Jazz personal the fourth-best offensive ranking within the NBA this season, it has been their defensive enchancment that has carried them in current weeks.
The Jazz have seen their defensive ranking climb to ninth-best within the league throughout their current scorching streak, up from twenty fifth for the yr.
Kelly Olynyk will miss his eighth consecutive recreation for the Jazz as a consequence of an ankle damage suffered in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies on January 8.
Determined For Wins Blazers
After enjoying above .500 basketball by way of the primary three months of the season, the Path Blazers have had a depressing January.
Portland is simply 4-8 since ringing within the new yr and has slipped from the eighth seed within the West to twelfth, three video games again of .500.
The Path Blazers are in the course of an essential six-game residence stand which has gotten off to a rocky begin, dropping two of their first three video games.
The NBA standings by way of Jan. 24!
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—NBA (@NBA) January 25, 2023
After dealing with the Jazz, Portland will host Toronto and Atlanta earlier than heading out on a three-game jap convention highway journey.
The current down streak comes at a troublesome time for the Blazers who will face important strain to determine the path of their franchise earlier than the commerce deadline.
The staff might be consumers on the deadline, trying to make up the hole between themselves and the remainder of Western Convention playoff contenders, or start exploring choices to start a rebuild.
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Path Blazers Broadcast
The Utah Jazz and Portland Path Blazers will tip off at 8 pm MT. The sport will probably be televised on AT&T SportsNet and will be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports activities Zone. It will also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.
Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports activities Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all issues basketball and soccer. Observe Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.