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Blazers fall short in final preseason game

Credit: AP Photo/Jim Urquhart

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives past Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Salt Lake City.

by Lynn DeBruin, AP Sports Writer

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 3:21 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- C.J. Miles scored 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left to help the Utah Jazz hold on for a 92-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Al Jefferson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who avenged a 20-point loss in Portland on Monday.

Raymond Felton led the Trail Blazers with 17 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Second-year pro Derrick Favors, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds Monday, started and scored just seven points because of early foul trouble.

Both teams were without starters. Portland's Marcus Camby sat out pending an MRI on his left knee and Paul Millsap missed his second straight game for Utah because of right quad tendinitis.

Aldridge, who missed all of training camp because of a heart-related ailment, started and played 37 minutes.