SALT LAKE CITY -- Nicholas Batum went deep, not in the baseball sense of the expression but from a basketball standpoint.
And still the Portland guard hit a home run.
As the Utah Jazz threatened late in Monday's game at EnergySolutions Arena, Batum made a deep 3-pointer - from 30 feet away if was an inch -- to help propel the Trail Blazers to a 105-94 victory.
Batum's shot helped brighten the night for ex-Weber State point guard Damian Lillard, who had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Blazers (18-4). But it certainly dampened things for fans of the Jazz, whose record fell to 4-19 on the season.
It was Utah's fourth consecutive loss.
"Sometimes you get unlucky, sometimes you get lucky," Utah point guard Trey Burke said of Batum's shot, which put the Blazers ahead 100-92 with 1:03 remaining in the game.
"I wouldn't say that was a lucky shot but it was more than likely he was going to miss that shot," Burke added. "But he made it tonight. It was unfortunate that he hit it."
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, the Jazz rallied in the fourth and got the deficit down to 97-92 after Gordon Hayward's free throws with 1:28 remaining.
Utah scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, its best of the night. Just four days removed from a 32-point beat down in Portland, Ore., the Jazz had a lot more life on Monday, hitting 45 percent in the final quarter.
And then came Batum's backbreaking bomb.
"It kind of took our spirit away," Burke said.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 24 points and teammate Robin Lopez added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Lillard, playing in front of a large contingent of purple-wearing fans from Weber State, shot just 5-for-14 from the field but was 7-for-7 from the free throw line and did not register a single turnover.
The Jazz, meanwhile, got 15 points, six rebounds and five assists from Burke and a team-high 20 points off the bench from Alec Burks.
Enes Kanter added 19 points and Hayward finished with 17.
The Jazz again played without forwards Derrick Favors (sore back) and Marvin Williams (sore right heel).
Williams now has missed four consecutive games; Favors has missed three.
The Jazz had won three of four prior to those two injuries. Since then they have struggled, especially with a depleted bench.
"It's never one individual, it's one mistake here or one mistake here," veteran forward Richard Jefferson said. "It's a culmination of a lot of things but as a team, we're getting better. There's no excuses around here but not having Derrick, not having Marvin, those are definitely things that weight on a team."
Led by Burke's seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, the Jazz broke out to an early lead and played the Blazers to a 22-all tie in the first quarter. Portland fought back in the second and went into halftime leading 51-45.
Burks led the Jazz with 15 at the break; Aldridge had 12 for the Blazers.
The Blazers kept that momentum going in the third, hitting 61 percent of their shots from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point line. They outscored the Jazz 26-19 in the period and appeared to be in total control before Utah's comeback rally.
And then came Batum's home run.
"When you're battling back, shots like the one Batum hit, they're just killers," Jefferson said.