|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Blazers romp past struggling Hawks

  • PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball.
    • email print
  • PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball.
    Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped in Atlanta's 102-78 loss to Portland on Wednesday night.
    "I'm a little bummed," Korver said. "The streak was good, it was good while it lasted. Someday I'll look on it and be proud. Not tonight, obviously. This was a tough game all the way around for us."
    Korver had surpassed Dana Barros' record of 89 straight, set from 1994-96, earlier this season. He was 0 for 5 from 3-point range against the Blazers and finished with five total points, well off his 12-point average.
    Korver's streak started in the second game last season and over its course he hit 337 total 3-pointers.
    "I was thinking, 'Don't let him touch the ball,'" Matthews said of his pregame plan. "I was mad when he did touch it."
    Nicolas Batum had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Portland. He has had at least 11 rebounds in his last three games, and has seven double-doubles this season.
    Mo Williams added 15 points off the bench for Portland, which had six players in double figures and led by as many as 29 points. The Blazers have won six of its last seven games while keeping pace as one of the teams battling for the top four seeds in the West.
    Matthews finished with 10 points, but his main job was Korver.
    "It was a team thing, but Wes took a lot of pride in that challenge," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "It was fun to watch, especially in that third quarter. They were going head to head and Wes took the challenge."
    The Hawks have lost four straight and 12 of their last 13 as they fight to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Cartier Martin led Atlanta with 16 points off the bench.
    The game was so lopsided that both coaches rested their starters late in the game. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he didn't want to risk another injury by sending Korver back in the game.
    Korver said it was a matter of pride.
    "We were getting blown out. I never wanted to keep it going like that," he said. "If they would've put me back in, I would have gone in, but I wasn't looking to get back in just to keep the streak alive."
    Portland was coming off a 107-106 loss to the Lakers on Monday that snapped a five-game winning streak.
    All-Star Damian Lillard started for the Blazers despite missing practice because of a stomach bug, but the Blazers were still without forward Thomas Robinson, who has a sore left knee.
    Portland also was without forward Joel Freeland because of a right knee injury.
    All-Star forward Paul Millsap missed his fifth straight game for the Hawks because of a bruised right knee. His absence hurts Atlanta, which is already without big men Al Horford and Gustavo Ayon for the season.
    Lillard's 3-pointer put the Blazers up 20-17 in the first quarter. Dorell Wright made a 3-pointer and two of three free throws to give the Blazers a 29-19 lead going into the second.
    Portland pushed the lead to 42-28 on Matthews' 3-pointer midway thought the second quarter. Batum made it 51-33 with a 3-pointer late in the half, and the Blazers went to the break with a 56-38 advantage.
    The Hawks struggled in the first half, shooting just 25 percent (11 of 44) from the floor for their lowest first-half percentage of the season.
    Bobcats 109, Pacers 87
    At Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte's victory over the Indiana Pacers that gave the Bobcats their fifth straight home win.
    Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who equaled their combined win total from the previous two seasons.
    Charlotte became the first team since the 2009-10 Knicks to play the NBA's top four teams in consecutive games. They previously lost to San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami on the road.
    Rockets 101, Magic 89
    At Orlando, Fla., James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic.
    The Rockets dominated inside, outscoring the Magic 58-26 in the paint. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his second trip to Orlando to face his former team.
    Houston trailed in the second quarter by as many as 14 points, but battled back to win for the 13th time in 15 outings.
    Warriors 108, Celtics 88
    At Boston, Klay Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points each and the Golden State Warriors went a season-high 14 games over .500 with a romp over the Boston Celtics.
    The Warriors scored the first six points, led 12-2 with just over five minutes gone and stayed ahead by at least 20 points throughout the second half.
    Wizards 104, Jazz 91
    At Washington, Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, and the Washington Wizards took an early lead and never lost it, shooting 54 percent in a win over the Utah Jazz.
    John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight.
    This one was noteworthy if only for substantial contributions from recent additions Drew Gooden and Andre Miller, two thirty-somethings who teamed up for a run that padded the lead in the first half.
    Nets 103, Grizzlies 94
    At New York, Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 20, and the Brooklyn Nets powered their way above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies.
    Deron Williams added 16 points and Paul Pierce 14 for the Nets (30-29), who have won four in a row overall and six straight at home in turning around a turbulent start. Jason Collins played 17 scoreless minutes on the day he signed his second 10-day contract.
    Bulls 105, Pistons 94
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., D.J. Augustin scored 26 points off the bench and Joakim Noah had a triple-double as the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons.
    Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple-double, including two in the last three games and three in the last month.
    Greg Monroe led Detroit with 27 points, while Kyle Singler added 16 points and six rebounds.
    Knicks 118, Timberwolves 106
    At Minneapolis, Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to help the New York Knicks snap a seven-game losing streak with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    Kevin Love had 19 points and eight rebounds, but scored just one point in the second half as the Timberwolves returned from a successful West Coast road trip with a thud.
    Kings 116, Bucks 102
    At Milwaukee, Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and had six assists to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Milwaukee Bucks.
    Rudy Gay added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Kings.
    Nuggets 115, Mavericks 110
    At Denver, Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks.
    Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets.
Reader Reaction
      • calendar