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Rudy Gobert scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Rudy Gay netted 21 points to lead the visiting Utah Jazz (25-9) to a 120-105 (36-27, 33-32, 27-23, 24-23) victory over the Portland Trail Blazers (13-21) on Wednesday night.

Player of the Game
Rudy  Gobert
EFF
28
Rudy Gobert
Points 22
Accuracy 8-10
Rebounds 14
Assists 0

Six Jazz players scored 15 or more points and the team shot 52.9 percent from the field to win its fifth straight game overall and run its record to 7-0 on the road.

Damian Lillard and Norman Powell each fired in 32 points for Portland, but Larry Nance Jr. (14 points) was the only other Blazer to reach double figures for the short-handed squad that has dropped three games in a row.

The Blazers, who never led and trailed by as many as 22 points, were without two coaches, including Portland head coach Chauncey Billups, and seven players who are all in the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Utah's bench came up big on a night the team's leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell, was sidelined with a back injury.

Along with Gay, who hit eight of 13 shots and grabbed six rebounds, Jordan Clarkson totaled 19 points, five assists, and four rebounds, and former Blazer big Hassan Whiteside collected a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

In all, the Jazz bench outscored the Blazers' backups 59-22.

Gobert put the first points on the scoreboard with a dunk, foreshadowing a dominating night inside for the Jazz. Utah outscored Portland 74-30 in the paint.

Bojan Bogdanovic got off to a hot start, quickly scoring eight of his 15 points to boost the Jazz to a 16-3 lead almost six minutes into the game. Lillard helped Portland surge to within five, 25-20, with a 3-pointer, but Gobert and Clarkson finished the quarter with consecutive dunks for a 36-27 lead.

Despite 13 points in the second quarter by Powell, the Jazz built their lead up to 16 before settling for a 10-point advantage at the break.

Gobert dominated the interior to open the fourth, scoring six straight Jazz points to give Utah a 107-87 lead with 7:26 remaining.

Utah improved to 5-0 vs. Northwest Division opponents and 15-3 in Western Conference action.

Blazers: Damian Lillard 32 (5/9 2PT, 5/14 3PT, 7/10 FT, 6 REB, 4 AST), Norman Powell 32 (7/14 2PT, 4/9 3PT, 6/6 FT), Larry Nance 14 (5/10 2PT, 9 REB, 9 AST, 3 STL).

Jazz: Rudy Gobert 22 (8/10 2PT, 6/12 FT, 14 REB, 2 BLK), Rudy Gay 21 (5/6 2PT, 3/7 3PT, 6 REB), Jordan Clarkson 19 (6/9 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 5 AST), Mike Conley 15 (4/7 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 6 AST), Bojan Bogdanovic 15 (5/10 2PT), Hassan Whiteside 15 (6/9 2PT, 11 REB).

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Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz
42%
37/88
Field goals
53%
46/87
54
Rebounds
57
23
Assists
22
6
Steals
6
11
Turnovers
11
94
Efficiency
124

Best players

Damian  Lillard
32 PTS
10/23 FG
7/10 FT
Rudy  Gobert
22 PTS
8/10 FG
6/12 FT
Larry  Nance
9 REB
5 DREB
4 OREB
Rudy  Gobert
14 REB
9 DREB
5 OREB
Larry  Nance
9 As
0 TO
32 MIN
Mike  Conley
6 As
2 TO
30 MIN
Damian  Lillard
25 EFF
56% 2P%
36% 3P%
Rudy  Gobert
28 EFF
80% 2P%
- 3P%