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Hawks try to slow down Lillard, McCollum vs. Blazers (Dec 30, 2017)

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Though his stellar field goal percentage took a hit, his overall game was excellent and he had a mammoth night on the offensive glass with 6 offensive boards and 9 total rebounds.

The four-year veteran tied his career-high of 33 points against the Dallas Mavericks on December 23.

The away team were without their best player in Damian Lillard, and without his knockdown shooting and general ballhandling wizardry, the Blazers were left with a rather toothless attack that the Hawks thoroughly sussed out with a great defensive effort on Lillard's backcourt mate C.J. McCollum. They made 47 trips to the line, 33 more than Philadelphia. They score 106.8 points per 100 possessions, which is around the league average, but their defensive rating of 102.2 in this time is the third best in the league. He then had a very short stint with the Atlanta Hawks before landing with the Detroit Pistons where he won his only National Basketball Association championship.

Prince had a team-high of 10 rebounds, all defensive.

Portland ranks ninth in second chance points allowed per game (11.4) while Atlanta ranks 27th (14.2). "He's at the crib, '" the Blazers" Pat Connaughton said.

The Hawks rank eighth in points off turnovers per game (18.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 25th (14.9).

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In the final 1:30 of the first quarter, two points apiece by Tyler Cavanaugh and Marco Belinelli and a 3-pointer by Isaiah Taylor gave the Hawks a 25-23 lead to start the second quarter.

After winning 18 of 19 games from November 11 to December 17, the Cavaliers have lost four their last five games. Meanwhile, the Bulls are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days' rest and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.

Coach Bud's system is based on ball movement, and the Hawks moved the rock to all the right places on this night on the way to out-assisting the Blazers 29-19, led by Dennis Schröder's game-high 8.

In Portland's loss to the Hawks on Saturday, Shabazz Napier led the team with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field (53.3 percent). "I was due for a good game". "That spark off the bench, the things he's doing".

Bazemore's aggression and leadership in the second half was essential for the win/in the tight game.

The lead swelled to 12 on John Collins' three-point play and to 13 on Ersan Ilyasova's three before Schroder's three-point play made it 95-80 with 4:51 remaining. Tipoff from The Q is at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

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