Young Blazers Scorch Jazz 97-89

Utah's home win streak takes a hit in spite of Portland's injuries
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 3:07 AM CST
Portland Trailblazers forward Travis Outlaw, right, puts a shot over the outstretched arm of Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, left, during the first half of their NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 11,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Portland held the Utah Jazz to their first home loss in eight games last night, prevailing 97-89 without the help of star scorer LaMarcus Aldridge. Martell Webster stepped up, scoring 25 points and five rebounds, and Brandon Roy tallied nine of his 16 points in a critical fourth quarter, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The Jazz made valiant attempts to come back from an 18-point deficit, but only got within four. Deron Williams suffered a cold shooting night, ending with just 11 points, and Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko notched nine and three points each before collisions saw them removed from the game in the third quarter. This was the fourth straight win for Portland.