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LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard push Trail Blazers past Hawks

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LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and added 16 rebounds, his 37th double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 100-85. This snaps a three-game losing streak for Portland (46-27).

Aldridge went 9-21 and converted 7-7 from the free throw line. Other key players for Portland included Damian Lillard with 21 points and 6 rebounds, Nicolas Batum with 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Robin Lopez with 11 points and 7 rebounds. On 10-18 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc, Jeff Teague scored 22 points for Atlanta in the loss. Paul Millsap chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.

In addition to 18.2% from 3-point range, the Hawks tallied an eFG% of just 42.9%. They are 3-7 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Trail Blazers, conversely, are undefeated (8-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

Atlanta (31-40) has now dropped their last five straight contests.

Coming up next, the Trail Blazers battle the Chicago Bulls, who are 40-31 on the year. The Hawks meet the Washington Wizards, currently 36-35 this season. The Trail Blazers have a 1-0 record against Chicago this season. The Hawks have lost two of their last three meetings with Washington.


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