Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Sunday, December 4th
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Game 2: Wednesday, December 14th
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Game 3: Saturday, April 1st
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Game 4: Saturday, April 8th
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Jazz 98

(7-10, 5-4 away)

Trail Blazers 93

(5-11, 3-4 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    6:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 24 31 15 2898
    POR 13 32 28 2093

    Top Performers

    UTAH: M. Okur 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Por: Z. Randolph 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast

    Jazz beat Blazers, break out of three-game slump

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Andrei Kirilenko still feels slightly out of synch.

    Kirilenko missed seven games with a sprained right ankle, and has since played off the bench for the Utah Jazz. In his third game back, he had nine points and five rebounds as the Jazz defeated the struggling Portland Trail Blazers 98-93 Sunday night.

    "I'm having a tough time right now after missing three weeks. Things are not going well for me," he said. "I still feel a little bit out of rhythm, out of game rhythm, out of shot, but I'm trying to get back."

    While Kirilenko wasn't the top scorer, he was key to stopping a Portland rally late in the second half.

    The Blazers tied it at 85 on Sebastian Telfair's 3-pointer from the corner with 4:17 left, but Kirilenko answered with his own 3, then made a free-throw for a four-point play.

    "It was such a great situation that I couldn't miss that shot," he said. "When I shot it, it was a good arch. And after the shot, Zach Randolph fouled me."

    The Blazers, losers of four straight, trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half -- but they took over the lead for a time in the second half.

    Joel Przybilla's hard-fought jumper from under the basket tied it at 62 before Randolph's layup and free throw gave the Blazers the lead.

    Portland held on to a narrow margin until Mehmet Okur made two consecutive layups to put the Jazz back ahead 76-75. Mehmet finished with 28 points and eight rebounds.

    After Kirilenko's four points held off Portland, Matt Harpring's falling-down 3-pointer made it 96-91 with 41 seconds to go and all but sealed it.

    Harpring had 20 points as the Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak.

    "We've had some tough breaks, things haven't always been rosy," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "So it was good for the guys to have some fun."

    Portland got 19 points from both Ruben Patterson and Telfair.

    Portland was without starting forward Darius Miles because of cartilage damage in his right knee.

    Miles, averaging 18.2 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, was placed on the inactive list. Rookie Martell Webster started on his 19th birthday in Miles' place.

    Miles had an MRI on Sunday that indicated he may need surgery. He was seeking a second opinion.

    Coach Nate McMillan said Miles' absence would be difficult for the Blazers to absorb.

    "Basically, you're just rotating guys in. You're losing 18 points there," McMillan said. "When key guys go down, it puts a lot of pressure on that team."

    Patterson had not played since cursing at coach Nate McMillan during a game against New York on Nov. 20. He had spent the last seven games on the inactive list after complaining about his minutes.

    Patterson met with McMillan and team management earlier this week, and later agreed to conditions for his return. McMillan wouldn't elaborate, but did say the agreement with Patterson had to do with "what is best for this team."

    Patterson was met with a smattering of cheers when he came into Sunday's game. One fan lofted a sign reading, "I love you Ruben."

    "Everything's behind me. I'm just here to play," Patterson said. "I'm going to keep my mouth shut."

    Utah took a 34-20 lead on Harpring's 17-foot jumper in the first half and went on to a 55-45 advantage at the half on 62.2 percent (23-27) shooting. It was the most first-half points the Jazz scored this season.

    Game notes

    Jazz rookie Robert Whaley didn't make the trip to Portland because of a stomach virus. ... Trail Blazers center Theo Ratliff missed his third game with a left foot injury. ... The Blazers have lost eight of 10.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 93
    FGM-FGA 35-66 (.530) 32-75 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 24-29 (.828) 23-33 (.697)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-30 18-40
    Assists 22 16
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 8 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 26 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 14 6

    Top Performers

    Mehmet Okur Okur
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 18
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0