Portland (19-24) at Atlanta (14-32)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Thu Jan 29, 2004
  • TV: WUPA
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The Portland Trail Blazers, who were the last NBA team to win on the road this season, will look to complete a sweep of their three-game trip when they meet the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Portland opened 0-10 away from the Rose Garden before beating New Jersey 91-87 on Dec. 29, two months into the season. But the Blazers have gone 5-6 on the road since, including wins in the first two games on this trip.

The Blazers had lost two of three overall before opening the swing with a 94-83 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday. They traveled to Memphis and topped the Grizzlies 88-76 on Wednesday.

Zach Randolph led the Blazers with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and Rasheed Wallace added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Maurice Cheeks, however, was most pleased with his team’s defensive performance. The Blazers limited the Grizzlies to 32.1 percent shooting.

“We didn’t let them go on any runs,” Cheeks said. “I think that was the key. We didn’t let them get back in the game.”

The Blazers will try to win three straight for the first time since Nov. 28-Dec. 5.

The Hawks have dropped two of their last three, including an 89-85 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Stephen Jackson scored a team-high 19 points, but the Hawks turned the ball over 23 times.

“We let a good opportunity get away from us tonight,” Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said. “Going into the game we concerned about our ball handling and their ability to create turnovers and that came back and bit us. They were active and we were loose with the ball.”

Hawks guard Jason Terry took a forearm to the ribs from the Suns’ Howard Eisley in the fourth quarter, but was able to return to the game several minutes later.

“I think I’m OK,” Terry said. “I’m having a little trouble breathing, but we’ll see.”

For Terry, the more pressing concern was the Hawks’ inability to stay with the Suns.

“We’ve got to make this game up,” he said. “This is one that we were supposed to win, so now we have to got and win a couple that they didn’t have us slated to win.”

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