NBA: Utah 96, Portland 94

April 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, April 26 (UPI) -- Alec Burks scored Utah's final points with 2:15 remaining Thursday and the Jazz held on from there to nip Portland 96-94.

Burks scored the last of his 18 points on two free throws to give Utah a 96-90 lead. The Trail Blazers closed to within two on a layup by Nolan Smith with 1:19 remaining, but Wesley Matthews missed a 3-pointer with a second to go.

Derrick Favors scored 15 for the Jazz, who finished the regular season with five straight wins. Utah wound up as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and will take on San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs beginning Sunday.

Portland closed out the season on a seven-game losing streak and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.

J.J. Hickson had 20 points to lead Portland.

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