After going scoreless in the first half, however, Favors went 4 for 5 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds in only 13 minutes. It was a breakout performance for the Jazz's young power forward, who had scored only 19 points on 7-for-26 shooting in Utah's first three preseason games.
"Just getting into a rhythm," Favors said. "Just finding my rhythm [and] being patient. I've been thinking too much trying to be somebody I'm not. I just have to be myself. … I have to go out there and play my game."
According to coach Tyrone Corbin, Favors facilitated his second-half performance against Portland by being more active.
"I thought he moved," Corbin said. "We were able to get him the ball on the move more. … The guys did a good job finding him going to the basket."
Inside, Favors' presence helped the Jazz limit the Trail Blazers to 42 percent shooting.
"I thought he did a tremendous job on the boards 15 or 16 defensive rebounds and he controlled the paint for us," Corbin said.
Some progress on defense
The Jazz were defenseless in a 106-74 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday night and, at times, they struggled with Portland's pick-and-roll.
Still, Corbin was encouraged by what he witnessed especially during the Blazers' 41-point first half.
"Our hands, our effort," he said. "We got a lot of hands on a lot of balls tonight because we were in the right spot. … For the most part, we were up early and had active hands. The rotations on the weak side were pretty good. I thought we showed a lot of good signs."
Mo makes coach happy
Ex-Jazz point guard Mo Williams scored a preseason-high 17 points for Portland.
"Mo did what we want him to do," said Blazer coach Terry Stotts. "That's one of the reasons we got him. He's a secondary ball-handler [and] creator. He can make shots [and] make plays for everybody else. He's got speed. … He has composure. He knows the game."