Damian Lillard scored 42 points, Anfernee Simons hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Atlanta Hawks 129-125 on Monday night. Dejounte Murray had 40 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Hawks, who played without star point guard Trae Young (ankle). Lillard added six assists in his fifth 40-point game this month.
Portland Trail Blazers starters Josh Hart and Jusuf Nurkic are both available to play tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, according to a team announcement. Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups said pregame that Hart would retain his spot in the starting lineup, Sean Highkin of the Rose Garden Report reported. Highkin also reported Hawks star Trae Young won’t play against Portland.
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