Blazers get past Jazz for 4th straight win

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Brandon Roy scored 30 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their fourth straight victory, 122-108 over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Roy, selected as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday, shot 11-for-19 from the field while reaching 30 points for the seventh time this season.

Nicolas Batum had 16 points and Joel Przybilla added 14 points and 17 rebounds as all 12 players cored for Portland, with six reaching double figures. LaMarcus Aldridge also scored 14 points, Rudy Fernandez had 13, and Travis Outlaw 11.

The Trail Blazers, who had 28 assists on their 43 baskets, pulled 1 1/2 games behind first-place Denver in the Pacific Division and handed Utah its sixth loss in eight games.

Deron Williams scored a season-high 35 points on 12-for-18 shooting for the Jazz, who were 54 percent from the field. Mehmet Okur had 18 points and seven rebounds.

Utah was playing without starting forwards Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Boozer. Kirilenko underwent surgery on his right ankle Friday and is expected to miss four weeks. Boozer, the team's leading scorer at 20.5 points per game, has been out since mid-November due to an injured left knee but is projected to return after the All-Star break.

Portland took control of the game during the first quarter with a barrage of 3-pointers. The Blazers hit four consecutive 3s during a 3-minute stretch and five altogether during the quarter to take a 33-26 lead. Portland maintain a lead through halftime, though Williams shot 5-for-6 and scored 14 points during the second quarter.

Portland quickly increased its five-point halftime lead with a strong third quarter. The Blazers were 15-for-24, including three 3-pointers, and scored 38 points during the quarter to take a 90-73 lead into the final period.

The Blazers outrebounded Utah 35-27, and forced the Jazz into 16 turnovers.

Notes:@ Bill Bayno, who resigned as Loyola Marymount coach on Jan. 12, has returned to Portland to become a player development coach for the Blazers. Bayno was a Portland assistant for two seasons under Jeff McMillan before taking the Loyola job last April. ... Foul trouble against Utah derailed Portland center Greg Oden from a recent stretch of strong play. Oden, the first pick of the 2007 NBA draft, averaged 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds during the five games coming in. Against the Jazz, he finished with five points, one rebound and five fouls.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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