Newcomers Jamaal Tinsley and Josh Howard scored 10 of Utah's final 12 points and the Jazz held off a Portland rally to post a 92-89 preseason victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Trail Blazers led almost all the way in a sloppy, foul-filled first quarter. It was 10-3 four minutes into the game and 28-19 before the Jazz received a late lift from Memo Okur and C.J. Miles. They got the Jazz without four, 30-26.
In the second quarter, the Jazz settled into more of a rhythm as Portland coach Nate McMillan went to his bench. Miles and Okur played well during an early 12-3 run and, in the final minutes, Miles hit a pair of late 3-pointers.