Jordan Clarkson erupted for 30 points, complemented by Lauri Markkanen’s 21 points and nine rebounds, propelling the Utah Jazz to a convincing 115-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA In-Season Tournament game.
Utah’s tenacious defense played a pivotal role, forcing a season-high 11 steals and consistently disrupting the Blazers’ offensive flow.
John Collins contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Kelly Olynyk recorded 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, showcasing the Jazz’s balanced attack.
Utah secured its second consecutive tournament win, while Portland, facing its fourth straight overall loss, fell to 1-1 in West Group A play.
Despite Portland’s third-quarter resurgence led by Jerami Grant (26 points) and Deandre Ayton (22 points), the Jazz held their ground, with timely baskets from Clarkson maintaining the lead.
In the fourth quarter, Lauri Markkanen’s three baskets fueled a decisive 13-0 run, sealing the victory at 108-93 with 5:40 remaining.