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JAZZ’S ROOKIE/FREE-AGENT TEAM BLISTERED BY BLAZERS

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The Utah Jazz rookie/free- agent team closed out its two-day swing to the Northwest Saturday night, dropping a 108-83 exhibition game decision to the Portland Trailblazers at Civic Stadium.

Second-year Jazzman Blue Edwards led his team with 19 points. But Edwards wasn't enough to combat the phenomenal shooting of Portland's Drazen Petrovic, who poured in 36 points - 32 in two quarters.The Jazz led 23-20 after the first period, in which Petrovic failed to score. But Petrovic got going in the second period, tossing in 16 points, including 10 in a row, to put the Blazers up 38-37 with 4:26 left in the half.

By halftime Portland had a comfortable 50-43 lead, and never trailed thereafter.

Portland's lead ballooned to 19 points in the third quarter, again led by Petrovic's 16-point output.

Utah cut the Blazer lead to 13 points in the fourth quarter, but never got closer.

Jazz guard Mark Tillmon was second on the team in scoring with 16, followed by Ray Brown and Andy Toolson with 13 apiece. Portland's Cliff Robinson totaled 22 points, followed by Shaun McDaniels with 11 and Alaa Abdelnaby with 13.

The game was part of a two-day extravaganza called the SeaFirst Blazer Slam 'n' Jam competition, that also included a three-point contest. Utah's Darrell Griffith finished fourth in the four-person competition that was won by former NBA and ABA star Rick Barry. Barry outshot the Lakers' Byron Scott in the finals after Griffith and Petroivic had been eliminated.