Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward lead Utah Jazz to a big win against Portland Trail Blazers

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Maybe Devin Harris could've added a sweet new pair of shoes to his collection or been invited to throw the first pitch for his Milwaukee Brewers.

Then again, considering the night he had, that would have just been downright greedy.

When it came to his job as a basketball player, Harris couldn't have asked for a better night.

Neither could his Utah Jazz.

The Jazz's point guard lit up the Rose Garden scoreboard and sizzled the arena's nets, leading Utah to a 112-91 blowout win over a Portland team that only sorta, kinda resembled an NBA squad.

As for the Jazz, well, they very much resembled an NBA playoff team, which they're now in the position to be in part because of Harris' 27-point performance and thanks to some key losses elsewhere.

"It does wonders when you're shooting wide-open shots," Harris said. "I had a couple of those that kind of got me going, and it just snowballed from there."

Earlier in the day, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin admitted 3-pointers can be a "huge weapon." He quickly added, "As long as you make them."

And Harris did — better than he ever has in his seven-years in the NBA.

In Rip City, Harris let 'er rip from outside, hitting a career-high six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27-point game.

Harris had 25 points and all six of his deep shots in the first half to help the Jazz build a 57-39 lead after the two teams were knotted up at 28-all.

It was probably a sign of things to come when Harris took an off-balanced jumper that bounced in the hoop after crashing off the backboard, putting the Jazz up 13-5.

"I think I hit my first three (shots)," Harris said. "I knew from there it was going to be a good night."

His teammates loved it.

"Devin was hitting shots after shot after shot after shot," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "He missed a layup, but I ain't going to say nothing about that."

At least not from here on out.

"When he kept just putting in shots after shot and hitting nothing but net, I just couldn't do nothing but laugh," Jefferson added. "It was just one of them nights for him. I was glad to see it."

But Harris wasn't the only Jazz player to make it rain in Portland.

Gordon Hayward continued his strong play of late, going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to 23 points. To Portland's credit, none of the Blazers poked Hayward in the ear.

Rookie Alec Burks also tied his career-best with 17 points.

And as a team, Utah didn't let up after building a big lead with a 31-16 second quarter.

"I thought we really understood where we were and the significance of this game," Corbin said. "We didn't want to have any letdown, so the guys did a great job of coming out focused."

The Jazz win improved their record to 33-30, and it wasn't the only thing that went Utah's way on Wednesday.

Houston not only fell to Dallas, but the misfiring Rockets, losers of five straight, dropped out of playoff positioning. So, too, did Phoenix, which lost to Oklahoma City.

Those losses gave Houston and Phoenix a 32-30 record — a half-game behind No. 8 Utah.

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