SALT LAKE CITY
Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 129-107 on Monday night.
Jordan Clarkson added 22 points for Utah, who used quick passes and spacing to make 19 3-pointers and shot 53 percent of the field per game after posting a high of 20 3s. The Jazz tied their season high with 46 goals scored.
Anfernee Simons scored a record 24 points and Jusuf Nurkic also scored 24 as the Trail Blazers fell to 1-10 on the road this season.
Royce O’Neale of Utah missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle, and Joe Ingles had 14 points, four 3 points and six assists in his place. Clarkson made six shots beyond the arc.
Norman Powell of Portland had come out with a contusion to his right thigh. Simons had a sparkling offensive performance, but the Trail Blazers didn’t get much from star Damian Lillard to counter Utah’s offensive prowess.
After making two of his first three shots, Lillard made just two more buckets in nine attempts. Lillard has gone 16 for 45 in his last three games.
Utah’s defensive plan was to get the ball out of Lillard’s hands for someone other than him or CJ McCollum to shoot. Quick hands and flashes in the passing lanes paid off for the Jazz, who won six of eight.
Ingles scored 3 straight points to cap a 16-3 run in Utah to start the second half. Mitchell pushed the Jazz to a 21-point lead over a variety of floats, layups and dunks. His 6-foot tear in the fairway brought the score to 85-64 with 4:03 left in the third quarter, Utah’s ninth consecutive possession.
But the Trail Blazers also caught fire at depth and reduced the lead to 94-84 early in the final period. The two teams combined for 15 of 24 in a 3-point range, and the Jazz set a season-high with 41 points in the third quarter.
Trail Blazers: Lillard came with a limp after entering Gobert early in the third quarter, but rocked him. â¦ A review a few minutes later took a three-point game opportunity away from Lillard by reversing a foul on Conley. â¦ McCollum committed a technical foul with 9:01 left after a no-call on a drive to the basket.
Jazz: Indicating a slow, passive start, Utah also had no quick break points, no turnovers, and no second chance points in the first quarter. â¦ Gobert blocked Lillard’s layup in the fourth quarter, then gave the amount of basketball a combination of punches as play continued behind him. … The Jazz missed the two technical faults.
Trail Blazers: Host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
Jazz: Host the Boston Celtics on Friday.