Blazers benefit from Layman’s fresh effort
Jake Layman hadn’t played in Portland’s previous five games, so he wanted to make the best of it when he did get his chance.
Layman came off the bench to score a careerhigh 24 points and the Trail Blazers snapped a threegame losing streak with a 108-86 rout of Phoenix late Thursday night.
“I just went out there and tried to be aggressive, play within our offense and
not do anything too crazy,” he said. “I was getting open shots. Damian (Lillard) was finding me, other guys were finding me.”
Layman, who scored 15 points in just under six minutes in the first quarter, started earlier this season but had not played since Maurice Harkless returned from a knee injury.
Jazz roll, despite Gobert’s early exit: No Rudy Gobert proved to be no problem.
Utah smothered Houston for the better part of four quarters en route to a 118-91 victory Thursday. The Rockets gave up 22 turnovers and allowed Utah to score 33 points off them. Both were season
highs for a Houston opponent.
The Jazz played the bulk of the game without their starting center after Gobert was ejected less than three minutes in. He picked up his first foul on the opening tip. After picking up his second at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter, Gobert was tossed after swatting a paper cup off the scorer’s table in frustration.
Gobert drew a $15,000 fine from league officials earlier in the week for criticizing the officiating crew following a 102-100 loss to Miami. land has agreed to reacquire guard Matthew Dellavedova from Milwaukee, with the Cavs also getting forward John Henson and two draft picks in 2021, according to a person familiar with the trade – in exchange for guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker. Milwaukee has agreed to trade Dekker to Washington for center Jason Smith and a second-round pick. Warriors: Center Damian Jones underwent surgery for a torn left pectoral muscle. He is expected to begin the rehab process in six weeks with a timetable to be determined based on his progress.