BOISE, Idaho -- There won't likely be a sophomore slump for Damian Lillard.
Lillard, the former Weber State standout, scored 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their first win of the preseason, a 96-86 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Taco Bell Arena.
Lillard, the NBA Rookie of the Year last season, had 15 points in the first half. Aldridge, who finished 8 of 9 from the field, scored 10 points in the third quarter for Portland (1-2).
"I just tried to stay active," Lillard said. "It was good to get that first win."
Gordon Hayward led Utah (1-1) with 20 points and Enes Kanter added 11.
The matchup was the first between Lillard and Utah point guard Trey Burke, the consensus college player of the year last season at Michigan. Burke had seven points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Aldridge scored eight points in the first 3 minutes of the third quarter as Portland turned a nine-point halftime lead into a 63-45 advantage.
"I had to set the tone with Trey," Lillard said. "He's in the same position I was in a year ago, coming in as the top point guard in the draft.
It was the first preseason game played in Boise since 2003.
The Jazz return home tonight to play host the the Los Angeles Clippers at EnergySolutions Arena.
Lillard and the Blazers meet the Jazz on Tuesday in a rematch at EnergySolutions Arena.
* HEAT 86, BOBCATS 75: At Kansas City, Mo., it's not often Mario Chalmers receives a louder ovation than LeBron James., his Miami Heat teammate.
On Friday night, the two-time defending NBA champions were playing the Charlotte Bobcats at the Sprint Center, about 40 miles from the University of Kansas, where Chalmers starred on the Jayhawks' national championship team.
So Chalmers wasn't surprised to receive more of a reaction from the crowd during the 86-75 preseason victory.
In fact, he expected it.
"It's custom out here, it's supposed to be like that," Chalmers said. "Any time I get to come back and play in front of the Jayhawks fans it's a lot of fun."
James paced the Heat (3-0) with 20 points while Chalmers added 10 points and four assists.
* KNICKS 100, RAPTORS 91: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Raptors to a preseason victory over the New York Knicks, spoiling Andrea Bargnani's return to Toronto.
Bargnani, who was traded to the Knicks in the offseason for three players and three draft picks, scored 10 points in 22 minutes. There was some booing throughout the game aimed at the 2006 overall No. 1 pick who averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds over seven seasons with the Raptors.
"The fans have the right to do whatever they feel they want to do," the 7-foot Bargnani said after the game. "We had some good years, we had some bad years. The only thing I have to say about the fans in Toronto is that I was lucky to play here for seven years."
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks (1-1).