The Utah Jazz were blown out by the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Wednesday night. Here are three takeaways from the game:
First quarter is a disaster for the Jazz2 comments on this story
Portland asserted its dominance from the opening quarter. Portland scored 45 points, the most that the Trail Blazers have scored in a quarter this season. CJ McCollum was on fire, scoring 20 points in the opening quarter on 9 for 9 shooting, the most points by a Blazer in a quarter this season. Portland shot 75 percent in the first quarter as the Jazz built themselves a hole in the opening period.
Jazz collapse defensively
Portland scored 132 points, the most the Jazz have allowed in a game this season. Utah couldn't get stops when it mattered and allowed five Trail Blazers to score in double figures. Portland shot 53 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
Lillard, McCollum torch Jazz
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to score 66 points as the Portland backcourt duo destroyed the Jazz. Lillard was a plus-29 and McCollum was a plus-19.