The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Utah Jazz 103-84 in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday, pushing the Jazz out of the NBA playoffs.
The Blazer's 7-foot-3 Lithuanian Arvydas Sabonis had 22 points and eight rebounds and Steve Smith had 21, helping their team win the game and take the 3-0 edge in the series, while Bonzi Wells scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.
The Blazers built a 21-point first-half lead, blew it, then regrouped to pull away in the fourth quarter and put the Jazz on the verge of the first four-game sweep in team history.
Karl Malone scored 28 points and 11 rebounds for a team that lost six games to Portland in last year's conference semifinals.
The capacity crowd of 19,911 at Jazz territory, began filing out with three minutes to play, after seeing how bad their team played despite beginning the first quarter with an 11-2 run.
Game 4 is scheduled at the Delta Center Sunday, and Utah will become the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-0 deficit - (Several Sources).
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