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Portland went up early, taking a 27-17 lead on Aldridge's dunk off an alley-oop from Matthews. Luke Babitt hit a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 43-29.
The Jazz closed the gap as the half wound down, pulling to 57-54 at the break.
Utah opened the second half on a 10-0 run, going up 64-57 on Millsap's long jumper. The Jazz stretched the lead to as many as 11 but Portland rallied to pull within 71-69 on a dunk by Aldridge.
J.J. Hickson's dunk got the Blazers as close as 79-78, but the Jazz kept Portland at bay to take an 83-78 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Matthews hit a 3-pointer to pull Portland to 87-85 with 7:54 left.
NOTES: Babbitt, in his second year with the Blazers, has flourished in recent games. He's had multiple 3-pointers in six straight games. He's been playing more than 15 minutes in his last five after seeing limited playing time earlier in the season. ... The Jazz were coming off a 105-96 loss to the Clippers on Saturday. ... Injured Jazz G Raja Bell had an injection in his injured left knee on Monday and remains out indefinitely, the team said. Bell has missed 11 games with the injury.
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