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Blazers Even Series


Dhantay Jones bumps Kobe Bryant on the shot from the corner

Visiting Portland exploded for 31 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Hawks 104-93 and even the season series.

Atlanta crept out to a 3-point lead in the first quarter on the strength of guard Jeff Teague’s 7 points and eight points from the bench. Blazers guard Wesley Matthews pumped in 10 more of his game high 28 points in the second quarter to help even the game going into halftime.

Josh Smith ignited a 14-3 run for the Hawks with back-to-back dunks just inside the 10 minute mark of the third quarter. Every team makes runs Portland’s just happened to occur on the heels of the Hawks run. Matthews scored 8 points in the last 5 minutes breathing life into the 18-10 run.

For most of the fourth quarter the teams battled with the scoring differential never exceeding 5 points. With 4 minutes to play the wheels came off the cart. An errant pass from Teague and three consecutive missed shots from Smith and the Hawks went from down 3 to down 9. The Hawks managed just 4 points in the final 2 minutes as the Blazers took the victory going away.



Blazers 104 vs Hawks 93

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  • L: Josh Smith flies in for a dunk over the Blazers defense. R: Jeff Teague splits LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum for a pair.

  • L: Ivan Johnson lifts a baby hook over LaMarcus Aldridge. R: Guard Will Barton gets ahead of the defense for a layup.

  • Blazers center and Atlanta-native JJ Hickson throws down a reverse for 2 of his 15 points.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge cleans up the missed shot.

  • Eric Maynor floats up a one-hander.

  • Josh Smith provides a highlight with a dunk down the lane.

  • JJ Hickson lays in a pair in the first half.

  • Former Cobb County competitors JJ Hickson and Josh Smith went at each other the whole game.

  • Hickson gets the one-hander off against Smith.

  • Blazers rookie Damian Lilliard gets a reverse layup to fall for 2 of his 22 points.

  • Two Hawks defenders shut down the baseline move of Blazers forward Meyers Leonard.

  • Wes Matthews drives the baseline with Al Horford in pursuit.

  • Al Horford gets out to finish the break.

  • L:Josh Smith punches in two during the Hawks third quarter run. R: Josh Smith blocks the dunk attempt from JJ Hickson.

  • L: Dahntay Jones drives the lane and finishes strong. R: Hawks guard Jeff Teague drives to the basket past Blazers guard Damian Lilliard.




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