Portland shoots .354 in preseason loss to Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY - It's never easy to win back-to-back teams against an NBA opponent, even in the preseason.
The Utah Jazz proved that Wednesday night, avenging a 110-90 loss at Portland on Monday with a 92-89 victory at EnergySolutions Arena.
C.J. Miles scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, but his two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining were pivotal for the Jazz.
Portland rallied from an 11-point deficit with 10 minutes left to get to within 90-89 on Wesley Matthews' 3-point shot with 49.7 seconds left.
After Utah's Josh Howard clunked a pair of free throws, the Blazers had a chance to go ahead but turned the ball over with 14.8 seconds to go.
The Jazz threw away the in-bounds pass, but LaMarcus Aldridge missed from the top with five seconds left. Miles rebounded, was fouled and put in the two gift shots.
Portland had a chance to tie, but Jamal Crawford missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Utah won despite 20 turnovers, 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Blazers had five players score in double figures, led by Raymond Felton with 17. Aldridge - making his debut after undergoing a heart procedure two weeks ago - made only 5 of 17 shots but had 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots in 37 minutes.
Crawford scored 12 points but made only 3 of 16 shots. As a team, Portland shot .354 from the field.