Game 58: Utah 93, Portland 89 (OT)

February 22nd, 2010 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »
You know what usually sucks about playing the Jazz?


You know what usually sucks the most?

That you know exactly what they will do but can’t do a thing about it.

At least that’s supposed to be the story, and in earlier meetings with the Jazz it had been true.

With Utah in town and Portland coming off their worst loss of the season against Boston I had a sneaking suspicion that I would be writing about the Blazers getting blown out. That’s never fun.

So...hooray for overtime losses?

In the first half, the Blazers shot 53% from the field and 33% from three, compared with 40% and 0% from Utah respectively. That disparity was good for a 13 point half-time lead.

Of note during that feel good first half was the play of one Nic Batum.

Batum stalked down Deron Williams on a breakaway layup for a spectacular block that infused the crowd with more energy and Batum with additional confidence. On the offensive end he put himself in the right places and finished the half with 14 points (5-6 shooting) to go with six reb ...

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