Blazers falter vs. Hawks
The game the Philadelphia 76ers all but gave away to the Trail Blazers on Thursday? The Blazers basically gave that gift back on Saturday, losing on the road to the Atlanta Hawks, 104-89.
Portland was able to make a big rally to defeat the sagging 76ers at Moda Center, but two days later the Blazers couldn't stick with the team that has the worst record in the NBA, as Atlanta outscored them 58-37 in the second half for a 104-89 victory.
So the feel-good story of Thursday turned to a not-so-happy ending to the calendar year 2017 for the Blazers, whose next game is Monday, Jan. 1, at Chicago.
Portland continued without injured point guard Damian Lillard (hamstring) at Atlanta, but got 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists from his replacement, Shabazz Napier.
Still, Portland fell to 18-17, and the Hawks improved to 10-26.
Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder had 22 points and eight assists, and the Hawks took advantage of 20 Portland turnovers.
CJ McCollum had 18 points for the Blazers. The other starters (Jusuf Nurkick, Al-Farouq Aminu and Evan Turner) tallied 8, 10 and 9 points, respectively.