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Portland builds early lead and rolls in Atlanta; Lillard stays hot with 27 points

The Trail Blazers were dominant from start to finish on Saturday in a 113-97 victory on the road against the Atlanta Hawks.

Portland jumped to a 13-3 lead and never looked back.

The Blazers were clicking on offense and superior inside, and as a result they out-shot the Hawks from the field, 50.6 percent to 36.4 percent.

Damian Lillard (27 points) and CJ McCollum (22) paced the Portland attack.

As the mini-rout continued, others got into double figures — Allen Crabbe finishing with 16 points, and Moe Harkless and Jusuf Nurkick getting 12. Noah Vonleh had all 10 of his points in the first half, and wound up with 11 rebounds.

The Blazers led 63-46 after that half.

Portland is 7-2 in its last nine games and improved to 31-37 for the season.

Atlanta is 37-32.