Lillard, Aminu pace Portland's blowout win over Hawks

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 30, 2019 10:33 AM
Lillard, Aminu pace Portland's blowout win over Hawks
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) goes in for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By George Henry, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 36 points, Al-Farouq Aminu added 17 and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 118-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)

Portland took charge with a 16-0 run in the third quarter that pushed the lead to 21 points. The Hawks pulled within 10 early in the fourth on Trae Young's runner, but Zach Collins' follow dunk and Jake Layman's difficult three-point play made it 97-82 to remove any remaining suspense.

Lillard, with his 26th game of at least 30 points, outplayed Young, who scored 18 of his 26 points in the first quarter.

The Blazers have won 9-of-10 and are in third place in the Western Conference.

Atlanta's three-game winning streak, tying its longest of the season, was snapped.

Aminu has double-doubles in consecutive games for the first time this season. He had 12 points and 11 boards against Chicago on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

John Collins finished with 20 points for the Hawks.

TIP-INS

Blazers: Friday (Saturday, PHL time) marked the sixth straight game that CJ McCollum, Portland's second-leading scorer, missed after hurting his left knee. McCollum had his first career triple-double when the Blazers beat Atlanta two months ago. ... Portland improved to 13-1 when holding opponents under 100 points.

Hawks: F Taurean Prince missed the game with a foot injury. ... Young hit a triple in the first quarter that gave him 150 and made him the 12th NBA rookie ever to reach the mark.

EARLY MOVEMENT

Young and Lillard each had 18 points in the first quarter. It marked Lillard's highest total in the first quarter this season and tied a season high for Young.

IN THE THIRD

Blazers coach Terry Stotts called timeout after Kevin Huerter's triple cut the lead to five. Enes Kanter followed with a hook shot, and Lillard tore through the Atlanta defense for a hard right-handed dunk that made it 66-59.

The Hawks pulled within four before Layman had three-point play, Lillard hit four free throws and Maurice Harkless' basket pushed the lead to 82-67. Aminu's three and Collins' short jumper made it a 21-point game.

MOVING UP THE LIST

Young passed Dominique Wilkins for third place on the Atlanta rookie scoring list in the second quarter and moved past John Drew for second place late in the fourth with his 1,444th point. Wilkins, the Hawks' vice president for basketball and a longtime TV broadcaster, played from 1982-83. Drew debuted in 1974-75. Pete Maravich set the Hawks' record with 1,880 points in 1970-71.

RESPECT FOR ICON

U.S. Rep. John Lewis was honored briefly during the first-quarter timeout, receiving a long standing ovation for his lifetime contributions in public service. Lewis worked closely with slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s and has represented his adopted hometown's district since 1987.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At Detroit on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).

Hawks: Host Milwaukee on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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