Andrei Has Big Night in Jazz Win

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By DOUG ALDEN AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the Utah Jazz over the Portland Trail Blazers 82-77 on Wednesday night. Mehmet Okur added 21 points and Devin Brown scored 13, sealing it for the Jazz on two free throws with 3 seconds left after what the Trail Blazers thought was a shot clock violation. Kirilenko's shot before the buzzer was way off, but the officials said it hit the rim and Kris Humphries pulled down the rebound for Utah. Zach Randolph led Portland with 18 points and nine rebounds. Steve Blake was the only other Blazers player to score in double figures with 12. Portland's reserves outscored Utah's bench 42-3, but the Jazz outrebounded the Blazers 53-36. Deron Williams had nine points and nine assists, and Jarron Collins scored 15 for Utah. Kirilenko tied career highs for rebounds and blocks. Matt Harpring added six rebounds and Kirilenko finished with his fourth straight double-double for the Jazz, who salvaged a five-game homestand at 3-2. Utah opens a five-game Eastern Conference trip Friday at Indiana. Joel Przybilla had nine points, eight rebounds and six blocks, but he also was called for goaltending several times in Portland's eighth loss in nine games. Portland was whistled for 30 fouls and coach Nate McMillan got a technical in the second quarter. It got chippy in the fourth quarter after a jump ball was called off for a bad toss and the second jump led to a pileup at the top off the key at the Jazz end. Play was stopped for a few minutes after Harpring emerged with a bloody scratch on his elbow. Ruben Patterson came out of the scrum looking for Harpring and pointing at him, but a few teammates held him back before he cooled off. Then he went against Harpring on another jump ball. Patterson beat Harpring, but Kirilenko got the ball and took it in for a layup, drawing a foul from Blake and making the free throw for a three-point play that put Utah ahead 71-61. Portland rallied and cut the lead to a point, but got no closer. Blake made a final push for the Blazers on a shot just inside the 3-point line with about a minute left that cut it to 79-77, but Kirilenko went 1-for-2 from the line and Jarrett Jack missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it for Portland. Notes:@ Collins' 15 points were his most this season. ... The Blazers are 2-9 on the road. ... The Blazers fell to 0-2 against Utah this season. The Jazz won in Portland 98-93 on Dec. 4.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-12-14-05 2220MST

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