SALT LAKE CITY — It seemed as though the Trail Blazers had a good chance to come away with a win versus a great team in the first half of Thursday night’s game versus the Jazz. Their shots were falling, they committed just three turnovers and utilizing a small lineup in the second quarter worked exceedingly well. The game was there for the taking.
Instead, they ended up giving it away in the third quarter.
After taking a three-point lead into the half, Portland gave up 40 points and were outscored by 21 in the third on the way to losing 122-103 to the Jazz in front of 5,546 fans Thursday night at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
The Trail Blazers are now 30-21 overall, 15-11 on the road and 8-12 against teams over .500 this season. With the loss, the Trail Blazers, currently in sixth, now sit just one game above the Dallas Mavericks for seventh in the West.
“When we play against the top level teams, we don’t play well,” said Damian Lillard. “We get put away. At Phoenix we got put away. Tonight we got put away. At Denver we got put away. Milwaukee at home, got put away. Against the Clippers, got put away. It’s not like it’s a small sample size, it’s what happens. When we play against the better teams where you have to be consistent, you’ve got to be able to sustain…