SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 106-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
The Jazz controlled the game most of the night with a defensive effort that bottled up everyone not named C.J. McCollum, and the Blazers never found a consistent offensive flow.
On the other end, Hayward was an efficient 12 for 20 from the floor, including 4 for 6 from behind the arc. Gobert recorded his 57th double-double and continued to show his offensive growth in the pick-and-roll game. He also had three blocks and constantly altered shots in the paint.
The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-6 stretch to take a 90-70 lead that put away the game.
McCollum scored 25 for the Blazers and Damian Lillard finished with 16.
The Jazz took a 47-41 lead into halftime after a hot start and surviving a second-quarter tear from McCollum.
Utah opened the game with an 11-0 run and was having its way with a heavy dose of Gobert and Hayward, but Portland chipped away. McCollum had 10 second-quarter points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The Trail Blazers took their first and only lead at 31-30, but a 13-2 Jazz run pushed the lead back to 10.
Trail Blazers: Jusef Nurkic (leg) missed his third consecutive game. … Portland was outrebounded 47-28.
Jazz: Rodney Hood (knee), Derrick Favors (knee), George Hill and Raul Neto (groin) did not play. … Dante Exum went down with a hip injury in the third quarter and did not return.
Trail Blazers: Portland holds a half-game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the last Western Conference playoff spot with four games remaining. It holds the tiebreak over the Nuggets.
Jazz: Utah has a one-game lead over the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West with four games to go.
Utah has used 22 different starting lineups this season. The lineup of Hayward, Gobert, Boris Diaw, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum started for just the second time this season.
“People coach and play the end of the season in various ways,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “Our situation is so variable. We’ve got health (issues), we’ve got home-court (advantage) and we’ve got seeding. You want to be playing well and be confident going in. So there’s a lot of different factors.
“In my mind, the best thing for us to do is take each game at a time and whoever’s ready to go, put them out there and try to play as well as we can.”
Trail Blazers: Portland hosts Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves on Thursday after losing to them Monday in Minnesota.
Jazz: Utah hosts the Timberwolves on Friday.