Guard Wesley Matthews led the Portland Trail Blazers to a blowout 130-98 victory over the Utah Jazz, scoring 24 points and making four of his team's 17 3-point field goals.
Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge once again was Portland's most complete player, tallying 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Blazers notched their 15th win in their last 16 games.
Portland also got 21 points and six assists from star point guard Damian Lillard.
The Blazers were on fire from 3-point range Friday night at the Moda Center in Portland, making 17 of their 23 attempts against the lowly Jazz.
Besides Matthews' four made shots from behind the arc, Nicolas Batum was 3-of-3 from downtown, Lillard was 5-of-6 and reserves Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright were 2-of-2 and 2-of-3, respectively.
The Blazers, who were not regarded as championship contenders when the season started, improved their record to 17-3 and currently have the best record in the Western Conference and the second-best record in the NBA after the Indiana Pacers.
The Jazz, who were led by reserve Alec Burks with 16 points, fell to 4-17. EFE