By Kerry Eggers, For NBA.com
Posted Nov 13, 2012 9:23 AM
THE FACTS: The Atlanta Hawks held on for a big road win, closing out their win over the Portland Trail Blazers on a 10-0 run in a 95-87 victory Monday night at the Rose Garden. Josh Smith totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks (3-3), who led by 15 points in the second quarter but fell behind midway through the fourth before regaining control. J.J. Hickson had season highs in points (19) and rebounds (18) for Portland (2-5), which has lost four straight.
QUOTABLE: "A gutsy win by our guys. We fell into a similar situation [Sunday] night in L.A., where we collapsed in the fourth quarter. Tonight, we weathered the storm."
-- Atlanta coach Larry Drew
THE STAT: Portland had 20 turnovers that played a big part in Atlanta's 26-10 advantage in fast-break points.
TURNING POINT: The Blazers went ahead 87-85 on a LaMarcus Aldridge free throw with 2:50 remaining. Then, Al Horford had consecutive baskets that kicked off the Hawks' 10-0 late spurt as Portland went 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-2 at the line the rest of the way.
QUOTABLE II: "We're getting better. A lot of people probably don't see it, but every game we get a little bit closer. Once we get to the point where we don't put ourselves in a hole to start with, that's when we'll start winning games."
-- Portland guard Damian Lillard
HOT: Atlanta's Kyle Korver was 5-for-8 from the floor, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers. He nailed back-to-back 3s to push the Hawks in front by 14 points in the second quarter.
NOT: Portland's Lillard went only 5-for-18, including 2-for-7 from 3-point range.
GOOD MOVE: Hickson -- who entered the game ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive rebounds -- parked low at both ends of the court in an effort to crash the boards. He got seven at the offensive end and 11 at the defensive end in his 33 minutes.
BAD MOVE: At least three times, Lillard drove to the basket but got too far underneath and couldn't get his layup attempts to fall.
QUOTABLE III: "We knew they were going to go on a run, but it just shows you how this team is a veteran team. We didn't get rattled."
--Atlanta's Josh Smith
NOTABLE: Attendance at the 20,500-seat Rose Garden was 19,095 -- ending a 195-game sellout streak that began in December 2007.
UP NEXT: For the Hawks, Tuesday @ Golden State, Thursday @ Sacramento, Friday vs. Orlando. For the Trail Blazers, Tuesday @ Sacramento, Friday vs. Houston, Sunday vs. Chicago.
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