Atlanta Hawks win fourth straight, beat Blazers 106-97


The Atlanta Hawks have won their fourth straight game, beating the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at Philips Arena, 106-97 moving to 18-12 on the year.

The Atlanta Hawks have themselves a bit of a nice winning streak going. They have won their last four games after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-97 Monday to move to 18-12 on the season.

While both teams were playing the second part of back-to-backs, it seemed to a more adverse affect on the Trail Blazers who were without its two best players in point guard Damian Lillard and guard C.J. McCollum on Monday night. This was the first game Lillard has missed as a professional and point guard Tim Frazier had to play all but 25 seconds of the game at the point for the Blazers.

Atlanta was the better team tonight, but could not put away the Trail Blazers, as Portland destroyed Atlanta on the glass 55-39. However, the Atlanta Hawks were the superior team in terms of ball control, forcing Portland to turn the ball over 19 times to the Hawks’ 10.

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The Atlanta Hawks had six players in double-figures scoring, including three players coming off the bench. While small forward Thabo Sefolosha and power forward Mike Scott had 13 points apiece coming off the Hawks’ bench, it was point guard Dennis Schroder who led the team in scoring with 18 points.

Schroder shot 7-10 from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc. The Hawks point guard lost a tooth in the game as well. A week ago Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic lost a tooth at Philips Arena. Point guards, be careful when coming to Atlanta. You might lose a tooth battling in the Highlight Factory.

Overall, the Atlanta Hawks were in control of this game from the opening tip, as Portland didn’t have the depth to hang with the Hawks for the entirety of the contest. Had Lillard or McCollum played, things might have gone differently for the rebuilding Portland Trail Blazers. However, the Atlanta Hawks will gladly take the win, which now has the club in 3rd place in the super tight Eastern Conference at 18-12.

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The Atlanta Hawks are in a first place tie with the Miami Heat (16-10) in the Southeast Division and only 2.5 games back of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. Only the Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs are riding longer active winning streaks at five and six games apiece, respectively. Atlanta will have tomorrow night off before hosting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Let’s Go Hawks!