PORTLAND — The Utah Jazz were hot from the field in earning a 120-90 road win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at Moda Center.
The Jazz used a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away and improve to 16-17 on the year. Here are three key takeaways from the Utah victory.3 comments on this story
— Ricky Rubio scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter — when Utah turned a six-point lead into a 15-point edge heading into the final period — and led the Jazz with eight assists. He made all four 3-point shots he attempted and was 10 of 15 from the field. Kyle Korver added 18 points, including three 3-pointers.
— The Jazz had 34 assists on 47 made shots. Dante Exum tied Rubio for the team lead with eight assists, while Joe Ingles added seven.
— Utah outshot the Trail Blazers from 3-point range, hitting 16 to 10 for Portland. The Jazz made 55.3 percent of their shots from the field, compared to 40.2 percent for the Trail Blazers.
Saturday, Dec. 22 vs. Oklahoma City (20-10), 7 p.m. MST
Tuesday, Dec. 25 vs. Portland (18-14), 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia (21-12), 8:30 p.m.