Hawks beat Blazers to stop skidMar 13, 2011 - 4:55 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points, Jamal Crawford scored all 20 of his points in the second half and the Hawks handled the Trail Blazers, 91-82, at Philips Arena.
Josh Smith posted 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Joe Johnson added 11 points and five boards for Atlanta, which snapped a four-game skid.
"Any time I get on the floor I am just happy to be there," Teague said. "I had a good game tonight and it was big. I am just glad we got off the skid and we won."
The Hawks swept both games with Portland this season and have won five straight in the series overall, including three straight at home.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Wesley Matthews added 19 points as the Blazers dropped both games of a back-to-back.
"We were missing shots like crazy," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "You shoot 35 percent, pretty much shoot under 40 percent the entire game, you expect to lose. I thought [our team] made the effort but we gotta make shots and take care of the ball."
The game's turning point came in the third quarter, when Atlanta held the Blazers to 33 percent from the field and made half its shots. Behind 10 points from Crawford and a 15-5 rebounding advantage, the Hawks took a 62-54 lead into the final stanza.
Atlanta widened its lead to 10 on Teague's running layup to open the fourth, then established a game-high lead of 18 when Zaza Pachulia's dunk made it 79-61 with 5:27 remaining.
Portland attempted a late comeback but didn't get its deficit below 10 until Matthews capped the scoring on a three with 13.9 seconds remaining.
Portland held a 18-11 lead with half a minute left in the first quarter. However, after Johnson's jumper, Teague scored six straight points in the final 9.2 seconds -- ending with a three-pointer from the corner directly following a steal -- giving the Hawks a 19-18 lead.
Atlanta held a 29-26 lead just past the mid-point of the second before the Blazers went on an 11-2 run, capped by a Gerald Wallace three-pointer with 3:15 remaining.
The Hawks cut their deficit in the closing minutes, and Damien Wilkins' jumper had them within 38-35 entering halftime.
Atlanta opened a six-game homestand that will feature visits from the Bucks, Nuggets, Heat, Pistons and Bulls...The Hawks are now 19-12 at home...Both teams committed 16 turnovers...Atlanta held a 56-28 advantage in points in the paint...Teague snagged a career-high five steals.
- PORTLAND: 82
Mar 12 10:23 PM
- PORTLAND: 54
End of 3rd
Mar 12 8:46 PM
- PORTLAND: 38
Mar 12 8:06 PM
- PORTLAND: 18
End of 1st
Mar 12 7:38 PM
- PORTLAND: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 12 7:22 PM
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