Scores

Final

Portland 67

(3-9, 0-6 away)

Utah 72

(3-8, 3-3 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 19, 2011

    Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

    1 2 T
    PORT 27 4067
    UTAH 39 3372

    Top Performers

    Portland: N. Mitrovic 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Utah: J. Watkins 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Utah 72, Portland 67

    Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Josh Watkins scored a career-high 26 points in a 72-67 Utah win over Portland Monday.

    Jason Washburn had 18 points and Cedric Martin added 11 as the Utes (3-8) won consecutive games for the first time this season after dropping eight straight.

    Nemanja Mitrovic scored 14 points, including two late 3-pointers to keep the Pilots (3-9) within reach, but Portland dropped to 0-6 in road games and has lost nine of its last 10 contests.

    In the final minutes, the Utes looked to Watkins to create offense and relied on three big defensive plays to lock down the win. Washburn blocked a pair of layup attempts and Martin took a charge from Nicholas, fouling him out with 1:25 to play.

    Watkins, who made 11 for 16 from the line, scored 13 of Utah's final 21 points as the Utes went almost exclusively to the pick-and-roll on offense down the stretch.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    PORT
    UTAH
    Points 67 72
    FG Made-Attempted 24-51 (.471) 22-44 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 4-15 (.267)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 24-35 (.686)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

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