Blaz­ers ben­e­fit from Lay­man’s fresh ef­fort

The Island Packet - - Sports -

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.

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