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Damian Lillard draws a key defensive charge and ices game with free throws; McCollum injured

COURTESY PHOTO: BRUCE ELY/TRAIL BLAZERS - Damian Lillard led Portland with 36 points and added seven assists and seven rebounds.The skinny: Damian Lillard wasn't about to let the Trail Blazers lose Saturday at the Moda Center.

Lillard had another strong offensive game, but it was his defensive charge with 15.5 seconds left on Atlanta's Trae Young that helped seal Portland's 112-106 win over the Hawks.

It was 108-106 when Lillard took the charge. He later added four free throws to help finish off the Hawks.

The Blazers (8-5) dealt with another bad break, though. A couple days after losing Jusuf Nurkic to a broken wrist, the Blazers lost CJ McCollum, who suffered a sprained left foot.

Lillard had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Gary Trent Jr. had 18 points and McCollum 16 (in 19 minutes). Enes Kanter, starting in place of Nurkic, had another strong game with 12 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocks. Portland shot only .388 from the field, but had only seven turnovers.

Carmelo Anthony and Trent combined to go 6 of 13 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point land in the fourth quarter to help with the win.

Young had 26 points (but went 1 of 9 on 3-pointers) and 11 assists and Clint Capela had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks (5-7).

The Blazers trailed by 16 points in the second quarter, continuing a trend of falling behind early in games.

Quotable: "We gotta continue to work at becoming a team that can hang our hats (on defense)," Lillard said.

Next up: The Blazers' homestand continues at noon Monday against San Antonio.


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