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Utah Jazz: 3 keys to Sunday's 115-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Trailing early in the game, the Utah Jazz outscored the Portland Trail Blazers 38-19 in the third quarter to roll to a ninth straight victory, 115-96.

Donovan Mitchell shrugged off a slow start to score 27 points to lead the Jazz. Portland guard Damian Lillard was impressed.

Royce O'Neal led the team with 11 rebounds and a +28 plus/minus in his first career start.

The Jazz (28-28) are a .500 team for the first time since Dec. 7.

Turning point: Utah started the second half on a 22-5 run led by Rudy Gobert. That turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 65-49 advantage.

The hero: The Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles shot 5 of 8 from the 3-point line, had five rebounds and four assists on his way to 24 points on just 12 shots.

3 keys:

• Utah Jazz's newest player Jae Crowder scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting (3 of 7 from the 3-point line). He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

• The Jazz dominated the glass, outrebounding the Blazers 58-37 (16-6 in offensive rebounds).

• Former Weber State star and All-Star guard Damian Lillard had a game-high 39 points for the Trail Blazers. He was a perfect 13 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Jazz almanac: 28-28, Won 9

Playoff watch: Jazz are in 10th place in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind eighth place New Orleans.

Next 3:

Monday vs. Spurs, (35-22), 7 p.m.

Wednesday vs. Suns, (18-39), 7 p.m.

Friday vs. Trail Blazers (31-26), 7 p.m.