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(Wednesday, March 5th)
Final Score: Portland 102, Atlanta 78
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicolas Batum scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 102-78, on Wednesday.
Mo Williams paced the Blazers with 15 points, while Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each tallied 12 points in the win, Portland's sixth in its last seven contests.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews contributed 10 points apiece for the Blazers.
Cartier Martin led Atlanta with 16 points off the bench, while Pero Antic and Jeff Teague each chipped in with 10 points.
Atlanta has now lost four straight and 12 of its last 13 overall.
Kyle Korver's NBA-record streak of 127 straight games with a 3-pointer was halted in the loss, as the long-range sniper was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc and finished with five points. He did not play in the fourth quarter.
Korver was fouled shooting a 3 just past the midway point of the first and nailed all three attempts to tie the game at 13-13.
Portland ended the stanza on a 16-6 run and brought a 29-19 lead into the second.
Mike Scott scored four straight points as part of a 6-0 sprint to cut the deficit to 29-25 early in the second. The Trail Blazers proceeded to go on a 13-3 run that Matthews capped with a trey.
Portland then ended the final 2:23 of the second on a 12-5 run to take a 56-38 lead at the break.
The Blazers led by 24 after three quarters and were in front by as many as 29 in the final stanza.
Portland improved to 3-7 in the series with Atlanta dating back to March 2009 ... The Blazers shot 35-of-79 from the field and held the Hawks to 29-for-88 shooting ... Portland shot 19-for-21 from the free throw line and outrebounded its opponent 53-37.
03/06 01:53:14 ET
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