NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Portland
(Sunday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 107, Portland 96
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored 33 points, grabbed six rebounds and had six assists, as Atlanta ended a nine-game losing streak to Portland after downing the Trail Blazers, 107-96, at the Rose Garden.
Johnson hit the 30-point mark for the fourth straight game, while Tyronn Lue added 19 points and hit some big shots down the stretch for the Hawks, who also ended a seven-game losing streak at the Rose Garden.
Josh Smith netted 13 points and secured 12 rebounds for the Hawks.
Zach Randolph dropped 30 points -- 11 in the fourth quarter -- and Martell Webster had 18 for Portland, which wrapped up a four-game homestand 0-4.
It was the Trail Blazers fifth straight defeat overall.
Ahead by eight after the half, a three-point play by Zaza Pachulia staked the Hawks to a 10-point lead and a free throw by Smith stretched that lead to 72-61 with 8:26 remaining in the third quarter.
A layup by Jarrett Jack cut Portland's deficit to 76-68, but six straight points -- four by Lue -- pushed the Hawks edge to 82-68 with 2 1/2 minutes left.
A three-pointer from Salim Stoudamire with 59 seconds to go gave Atlanta a 17- point lead, but Sergio Rodriguez capped the frame's scoring with a jumper to send the Trail Blazers into the fourth down 87-72.
Six straight points by Randolph in the fourth pulled Portland to within 89-80 just 3:15 into the frame and after a free throw by Speedy Claxton, Juan Dixon sunk a technical free throw and a Randolph layup made it a 90-83 game with 7:53 to go.
Atlanta was able to hold off the rally as back-to-back jumpers by Lue put the Hawks up 13 at 101-88 with 2:59 to play.
Portland cut it to 103-96 with 57 seconds to go and Atlanta hit only one of its next four free throw attempts to keep the door open. However, Claxton came up with a steal, was fouled, and hit 1-of-2 to make it 105-96 with 36 ticks left.
Atlanta led by as many as nine in the opening period and a Johnson jumper put the Hawks up 21-13 with under two minutes left. Portland, though, netted nine of the frame's final 13 points as Randolph pulled the Trail Blazers to within 25-22 on a three-pointer with three seconds remaining in the first.
Portland got as close as two early in the second frame and got within three of Atlanta multiple times in the frame, but the Hawks had an answer each time and led 60-52 at the half.
Portland has lost 10 of its last 12 games and will open a season-high six-game road trip on Tuesday at Detroit...This was the start of a five-game road trip for Atlanta...It was the Hawks' first win against Portland since 2002...Rodriguez dished out a career-high 11 assists...Pachulia ended with 12 points.
12/03 23:38:48 ET