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Craig Mitchelldyer, FR170751 AP
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots over Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, center and center Rudy Gobert, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Trailing early in the game, the Utah Jazz outscored the Portland Trail Blazers 38-19 in the third quarter to roll to a ninth straight victory, 115-96.

Donovan Mitchell shrugged off a slow start to score 27 points to lead the Jazz. Portland guard Damian Lillard was impressed.

Royce O'Neal led the team with 11 rebounds and a +28 plus/minus in his first career start.

The Jazz (28-28) are a .500 team for the first time since Dec. 7.

Turning point: Utah started the second half on a 22-5 run led by Rudy Gobert. That turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 65-49 advantage.

The hero: The Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles shot 5 of 8 from the 3-point line, had five rebounds and four assists on his way to 24 points on just 12 shots.

3 keys:

• Utah Jazz's newest player Jae Crowder scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting (3 of 7 from the 3-point line). He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

• The Jazz dominated the glass, outrebounding the Blazers 58-37 (16-6 in offensive rebounds).

• Former Weber State star and All-Star guard Damian Lillard had a game-high 39 points for the Trail Blazers. He was a perfect 13 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Jazz almanac: 28-28, Won 9

Playoff watch: Jazz are in 10th place in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind eighth place New Orleans.

Next 3:

Monday vs. Spurs, (35-22), 7 p.m.

Wednesday vs. Suns, (18-39), 7 p.m.

Friday vs. Trail Blazers (31-26), 7 p.m.