Aldridge has 24 to lead Blazers past Jazz

Aldridge has 24 to lead Blazers past Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 09: Wesley Matthews #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers meets with teammates before their matchup against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on December 09, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 3:10 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, UT --- Blowing out Utah for a second time this month was not in the cards for Portland. With the Jazz making a fourth-quarter rally, the Blazers struggled to fight through offensive sluggishness and escape with a win.

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Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard provided the lifeline in the final minute. Batum drained a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and Lillard followed with another shot from long-range on the next possession to lift the Blazers to a 105-94 victory over the Jazz on Monday night.

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"The ball bounced their way a few times," Lillard said. "We knew it would be tough because we just played them two or three days ago. They're a better a team on their home floor. With us not having the greatest offensive night, we just wanted to stay the course and get the job done - which we were able to do."

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 18 to propel Portland to a bounce back win after a loss to Dallas on Saturday snapped a four-game winning streak. Robin Lopez chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews added 16 points for the Blazers, who notched their second win over Utah in December.

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