Utah Jazz secure 5th seed in the West, will face Dallas Mavericks in first round of playoffs

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Apr 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 00:40:14-04

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Juancho Hernangomez had a season-high 22 points and the Utah Jazz clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference with an 111-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the regular-season finale on Sunday night.

The Jazz will face the fourth-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the playoffs. Their first game is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. (MDT) on the Mavs' home court.

Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz, while top scorer Donovan Mitchell sat out of the game with a non-COVID-19 illness. Utah also was without Bojan Bogdanovic, who was resting a left calf injury.

The Blazers ended a turbulent season with an 11-game losing streak. Reggie Perry, who signed a 10-day deal with the Blazers on March 30 that was extended through Sunday, had a career-high 20 points.

The Blazers played without Drew Eubanks, one of the bright spots for the team in the midst of a spate of injuries, because of a wrist injury. Damian Lillard, who has been out since January with an abdominal issue that required surgery, watched Portland's final game from the bench along with fellow injured teammates Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons.

Utah had lost seven of their previous 10 games and were coming off a 111-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

The Blazers were ahead 19-16 after the opening quarter, but the lead was short-lived.

The Jazz went up 28-23 on Gobert's dunk, led 52-40 at the half and stretched the margin to as many as 22 points in the third quarter.


The Blazers used the last game of the season to honor longtime Blazers announcer and ambassador Bill Schonely, who coined the phrase “Rip City.” Schonely, known affectionately as the Schonz, is retiring at age 92 after more than 50 years with the team.

Schonely was with the Blazers for their inaugural season back in 1970 and was the voice of the team for 28 years. Since then, he has been a team ambassador.


Jazz: Utah won all four of the games against the Blazers this season. ... Mike Conley finished with 14 points.

Trail Blazers: Lillard addressed the crowd before the game: “This year a lot of things came up that we didn’t expect. A lot of hard times. But you guys continue to show up. Continue to show us love. Continue to be the fans that I’ve always known. And I just need y’all to know one thing: This will not continue. Next year we’re gonna come back better than we’ve been. "


Jazz: Finish in fifth in the West, will face Dallas. The schedule was not immediately released.

Blazers: Head into the offseason.