PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nicolas Batum scored 27 points and rookie Damian Lillard had 21 as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 120-114 on Monday night in NBA preseason action at the Rose Garden.
Batum scored 15 points in the first quarter and hit five 3-pointers. Lillard, the No. 6 pick of the draft out of Weber State, made three 3-pointers during the first half.
"They were the aggressive team," Utah coach Ty Corbin said after the contest. "For us, the goal is to continue to work and get better."
Lillard went 6 of 8 from the field, and added eight rebounds and two steals to go along with six turnovers.
"Damian's a talented player," Corbin said. "He show what he did in college transcends to this league."
J.J. Hickson had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Wesley Matthews scored 15 points for Portland (3-3). The Blazers made 12 3-pointers and shot 58 percent (42 of 73) overall from the field.
Portland All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) didn't play. Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 18 points for Utah (4-3). Mo Williams scored 15 points, while Al Jefferson and Alec Burks had 14 for the Jazz, who shot 52 percent and had six players score in double figures.
Portland took over after spotting Utah a 10-4 lead. A 23-4 run midway through the period fueled Portland to a 41-26 lead after one quarter. The Blazers hit 16 of 20 shots and went 5 of 6 from 3-point range during the opening quarter.
Portland cooled only slightly during the second quarter as the Blazers ran off to a 70-46 halftime lead. Lillard, who sat most of the first quarter with two fouls, scored 11 points during the period. Portland shot 69 percent (27 of 39) during the first half, and hit nine 3-point shots.
The Blazers led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Utah got as close as six points in the fourth quarter, where it outscored the Blazers 41-26.
* NOTES: Thursday is the final preseason game for both teams, which open the regular season at home Oct. 31, the Blazers playing the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah playing Dallas. . Utah guard Jamaal Tinsley returned to action after missing Saturday's game (tooth extraction). ... Both teams achieved their highest-scoring quarters of the preseason, Portland's 41-point first quarter and Utah's 41-point fourth quarter.
* NBA GMS PICK HEAT, LEBRON TO REPEAT IN POLL: NBA general managers are predicting the Miami Heat to repeat as NBA champions and LeBron James to win another MVP award.
The GMs gave high marks to the Los Angeles Lakers' moves and picked them to win the Western Conference, but the Heat got 70 percent of the votes to win the 2013 championship.
Those were among the results of the annual NBA.com GM Survey, released Monday. All 30 executives were polled and could not vote for their own teams or players. Responders voted the Hornets' Anthony Davis as the likely Rookie of the Year and the Spurs' Gregg Popovich as the league's best coach.
Full results of the more than 50 questions are available on NBA.com.
* PACERS WILL KEEP PAUL GEORGE THROUGH 2013-14: The Pacers want starting swingman Paul George to stick around at least two more seasons.
Team officials announced Monday they have exercised an option that will keep George with the team through the 2013-14 season. Last season, George averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and he's expected to play an even bigger role this season as the Pacers hope to contend for an NBA title.
Indiana also released center Luke Nevill and guards Sundiata Gaines and Blake Ahearn, trimming the team's roster to 15.
* KNICKS' STOUDEMIRE OUT 2-3 WEEKS WITH KNEE INJURY: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is expected to miss the start of the regular season and be out two to three weeks because of an injured left knee.