Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Tuesday, November 6th
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Game 2: Friday, December 14th
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Game 3: Thursday, December 27th
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Game 4: Saturday, February 2nd
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Trail Blazers 87

(13-15, 9-5 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    6:00 PM ET, December 27, 2001

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

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    UTAH 11 27 33 2899
    POR 27 8 28 2487

    Top Performers

    Utah: J. Stockton 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: D. Stoudamire 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast

    Portland blows 19-point first-quarter lead

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The ups and downs of Portland's enigmatic season are no longer coming game-to-game.

    Now they are coming quarter-by-quarter.

    John Stockton scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, and Karl Malone scored 13 fourth-quarter points as the Utah Jazz overcame a 19-point first-quarter deficit to beat the Trail Blazers 99-87 on Thursday night.

    Portland followed up a dominating, 27-point first quarter with a season-low eight-point second.

    Meanwhile the Jazz, with Stockton, Malone and the rest of the starters on the bench, scored 27 points in the second quarter to take a 38-35 halftime lead.

    Utah's bench, led by Bryon Russell's 18 points and Greg Ostertag's 14 rebounds, outscored the Blazers' bench 56-16 -- 27-2 in the second quarter.

    "Those guys (on the bench) were terrific," Stockton said. "That was an unbelievable effort on their part. They gave us second life."

    Portland found its effort equally unbelievable.

    "I can't explain what's happened," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I know we had a lot of energy at the start, but we didn't get it for four quarters."

    Said Ruben Patterson: "You guys saw the game. I don't know what to say. It was a very disappointing loss. I'm tired of saying that."

    Reserves Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points and John Crotty added 10 points and seven assists for Utah (15-15), which won its third in a row and reached .500 for the first time all season.

    Malone finished with 19 points, and Stockton had 11 assists.

    "It sure is a nice feeling," Stockton said of being .500. "It's a modest goal, but hopefully we can go from here and go higher.

    Damon Stoudamire led the Blazers with 22 points, and Patterson added 18.

    Portland jumped out to a 25-6 lead on Stoudamire's 5-for-6 shooting and Patterson's nine points. But the Jazz reserves scored the first 18 points of the second period to get back in the game.

    "That first unit didn't have much life or much energy, but the bench was incredible," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

    The Blazers scored just two points in the first 8:33 of the quarter, but closed the period with a 6-2 run to close the period. Portland shot just 3-for-16 from the floor.

    "I was out there the first few minutes and we stunk it up," guard Steve Kerr said. "We just couldn't get it going. We're inconsistent, bottom line."

    Malone carried Utah through the final period after being quiet in the first three.

    "I took 2 quarters off, and I had only two points at the half," Malone said. "I knew they were going to go to me down the stretch, I got a nice rhythm and flow and felt totally confident."

    Bonzi Wells, playing in his first game in Portland since controversial remarks about Trail Blazers fans were published in Sports Illustrated, was welcomed with cheers when he entered in the first quarter.

    Last week, Wells sat out with a sore knee and was booed loudly by Portland fans. This time fans appeared to be more forgiving.

    The Blazers' 25-6 lead at the time might have accounted for the mood, as Wells left the court to a smattering of boos in the second quarter while Portland was squandering its lead.

    Wells finished 1-for-8, making him 4-for-19 in two games since returning from the knee injury that caused him to miss seven games.

    Portland's Derek Anderson continued to struggle from the field, shooting 2-for-7. He is 11-for-44 -- 25 percent -- over the last five games.

    Game notes
    Portland fell to 44-17 against the Jazz in Portland. ... The defeat snapped a three-game home winning streak for the Blazers. ... Utah is 9-4 in its last 13 games. ... Utah's 11 first-quarter points were a season-low for a Portland opponent. ... The Blazers' eight second-quarter points were the lowest for any quarter this season and one off a record low for any quarter. ... Rasheed Wallace had seven turnovers. ... Portland had a season-low 66 field goal attempts.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 87
    FGM-FGA 37-76 (.487) 26-66 (.394)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 20-30 (.667) 32-39 (.821)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-39 13-38
    Assists 32 16
    Turnovers 16 19
    Steals 13 7
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    John Stockton Stockton
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0