October 25, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Trail Blazers 97-91. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz Trail Blaze over Portland

The Utah Jazz are fantastic at home this season, despite the horrendous loss to the Houston Rockets. Thankfully the wins versus the New Orleans Hornets, and now the Portland Trail  Blazers, have put the thought of James Harden vicious dunk that summarized the whole game. Today’s win over Portland 86 to 77 showed that the Jazz aren’t calling it quits on the season even if the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant thinks Utah isn’t worth anything, to paraphrase.

The Trail Blazers came to Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Utah Jazz were looking to continue their rebound. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap both looked like the premier players they are. “Big” Al Jefferson scored 21 points during his 37 minutes on the court. Paul Millsap was second in the line-up with 15 points during his 30 minutes on the court. Honorable mention for the Jazz is Randy Foye knocking down 3 big three pointers, and matching Al Jeffersons defensive rebound number total at 7. Unsung hero of the game would have to be Derrick Favors though he only put up 7 points he dominated the team in rebounds pulling down 12.

The Trail Blazers didn’t just lay down and die at Energy Solutions Arena. Damian Lillard showed up for Portland with 26 points during his 42 minutes on the floor. LaMarcus Aldridge was the Trail Blazers second top scorer with 16 on the day.

Though 86 points in a game isn’t traditionally thought of as a fantastic showing for a team in the NBA. It is a fantastic showing for the Utah Jazz to continue showing off their two top talents to the rest of the NBA. Trade speculation teams like the Boston Celtics pulled together a win without All-Star talent Rajon Rondo against the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers put together a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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