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The Jazz defeat the Blazers 118-113 and lead the West

PORTLAND (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points, including eight straight in the final 1:48, in the Utah Jazz’s 118-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Malik Beasley added 29 points off the bench to help Utah take the Western Conference lead at 12-6.

Anfernee Simons led Portland with 23 points.

Both teams lost their starting point guards in the second half.

Utah’s Mike Conley left with a left knee injury with 10:22 left in the third quarter after colliding with a screen.

Shortly after Conley left, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard went to the locker room and didn’t return with a sore right calf. Lillard has missed five games so far this season with calf problems.

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