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Blazers surge to win at Atlanta
CHICAGO The Trail Blazers on Friday night looked anything like a team that had given up on making the NBA playoffs.
The Blazers rallied for a 104-93 road win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Wesley Matthews (28 points), Damian Lillard (22 points) and LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points, team-high 13 rebounds) led Portland, which improved to 33-36, good for a tie for 10th place with Dallas in the Western Conference.
J.J. Hickson added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Portland made 10 of 18 from 3-point range, after having sank 10 of 21 the night before in a victory at Chicago.
The Blazers trail the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers (36-34) by 2 1/2 games in the race for the final West playoff berth. Utah is ninth at 34-35.
Atlanta fell to 38-31, despite leading by 11 points in the middle of the third quarter.
Matthews scored eight of Portland's next 11 points after the Hawks had taken a 66-55 lead. He finished 5 of 8 on 3-pointers.
Lillard was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc as the Blazers ended a four-game losing streak at Atlanta.
Atlanta went 6 of 18 on 3-pointers, including 0 of 4 in the fourth quarter, and Portland outscored the Hawks 14-4 in the final minutes.
The teams were tied 45-45 at halftime.
The Blazers' next two games are on the road, as well: Friday at Atlanta and Sunday at Oklahoma City.