Batum, Lillard lead Blazers over Jazz, 120-114

Batum, Lillard lead Blazers over Jazz, 120-114
October 23, 2012, 12:45 am
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Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) bounces the ball off the rim against Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland (19) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Oct., 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Nicolas Batum scored 27 points and rookie Damian Lillard had 21 as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 120-114 on Monday night.

Batum scored 15 points in the first quarter and hit five 3-pointers. Lillard, the No. 6 pick of the draft, made three 3-pointers during the first half.

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Wesley Matthews scored 15 points for Portland (3-3). The Blazers made 12 3-pointers and shot 58 percent (42 of 73) overall from the field.

Portland All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) didn't play. He has averaged 15 points and six rebounds in five preseason games.

Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 18 points for Utah (4-3).