The Jazz were without starting center Derrick Favors, who didn’t travel to Rip City because of a right hip sprain. Utah dropped to 0-8 without the fourth-year big man in the lineup.
Portland, meanwhile, managed this win despite not having All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (groin strain) and backup bigs Joel Freeland (knee sprain) and Meyers Leonard (ankle sprain).
Kanter filled up the stats sheet again in Favors’ absence, contributing a team-high 25 points with 10 rebounds. However, Utah dropped to 1-23 with the third-year center in the starting lineup.
For Portland, center Robin Lopez was an interior force, grabbing 18 rebounds to go with 12 points.
"It sounds a little cliche, but we were the aggressors," Lopez said. "We were a little more tenacious. I really think it's as simple as that."
The Jazz have a chance to rebound quickly from the loss as they return home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
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