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                        === Hawks down Trail Blazers ===
 
 Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Josh Smith poured in 19 points and pulled down
 11  rebounds as  the  Atlanta Hawks  escaped  with a  95-87  victory over  the
 Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at Rose Garden.
 
 Kyle  Korver  scored 16 points  on 5-of-8 from the  floor, Al Horford added 15
 points  and 10  boards and Jeff Teague contributed 13 points and eight assists
 for  the Hawks,  who snapped a brief two-game slide. Louis Williams donated 11
 points and four steals in the triumph.
 
 J.J.  Hickson netted  19 points and ripped down 18 boards, while Nicolas Batum
 contributed  19 points  and seven rebounds in the setback for the Blazers, who
 have  lost four  straight. Wesley  Matthews donated  17 points,  including 10-
 for-10 from the free throw line, in defeat.
 
 "I  don't know what it is, but whatever it is we have to sniff it out and find
 the source of the problem and fix it," Hickson said of his team's struggles.
 
 Trailing  by 11 with 9:40 to play, the Blazers ripped off a 15-2 surge to take
 an 82-80 lead with 5:40 on the clock.
 
 The  teams traded buckets over the next few possessions before Horford drained
 a 7-foot hook shot with 2:08 to go, putting Atlanta ahead 89-87.
 
 The short jumper proved to be the deciding basket as Portland missed its final
 four  attempts from  the floor and the Hawks  were able to ice the game with a
 layup and a pair of free throws by Teague and Korver in the final minute.
 
 "Once  we settled down  we were able to get some easy baskets, but there was a
 stretch  there  where they really got  after us and  we turned the ball over a
 couple  times  and they made  some shots," Hawks coach  Larry Drew said of the
 Blazers comeback.
 
 Atlanta  got off  to a fast start,  racing out to a comfortable 20-7 advantage
 with just over six minutes to play in the first stanza.
 
 The Blazers responded with a 10-2 spurt, cutting the deficit to 22-17, but the
 Hawks held a 28-22 margin after the opening 12 minutes.
 
 Atlanta  continued  its hot shooting,  opening the  second quarter with a 13-4
 flurry  to build  its advantage  back to  15 with  8:43 to  play in  the first
 half.
 
 A  deep 3-pointer by Batum with 5:20 left capped an 11-2 Portland run, cutting
 the deficit to six, but the Hawks held a 56-47 advantage at halftime.
 
 A hook shot by Smith early in the third quarter put the Hawks ahead by 12, but
 Portland answered with an 11-4 push to cut the Atlanta lead to 68-63 with 3:47
 on the third quarter clock.
 
 The  Hawks though, netted  seven of the final 11 points in the frame to take a
 75-67 lead into the final 12 minutes.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Monday  marked  the first meeting of  the season between the teams. They split
 two  meetings  last season ...  Hawks guard Devin Harris  left the game in the
 second  quarter  due to a left  hamstring strain ... Atlanta shot 44.3 percent
 from the field while holding Portland to 36.1 percent ... Blazers guard Damian
 Lillard netted 12 points.
 
 11/13 02:46:07 ET

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