Hawks sit Paul Millsap; Evan Turner returns for Trail Blazers
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 3:35
Winners of back-to-back road wins, the Portland Trail Blazers (31-37) end a five-game road trip Sunday afternoon with a visit to South Florida to take on the Miami Heat (34-35). CJ McCollum was as smooth as ever, finishing with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Jusuf Nurkic continued to be a late-season difference-maker, recording 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five blocks.
The Blazers overwhelmed the Atlanta Hawks 113-97 Saturday night at Philips Arena, recording their second wire-to-wire win of the season to continue a late-season hot streak that has them in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. In the process, Lillard became the first Trail Blazer in franchise history to record 1,000 made three-pointers in his career.
Lillard scored 13 of his 14 first-half points in the opening quarter, making 5 of 6 shots and converting one of his two 3-pointers into a four-point play. As always, Brian Wheeler describes the play on Rip City Radio 620 and the Trail Blazers mobile app. Ersan Ilyasova, who started for Millsap, had 23 points. "After that, the game was kind of methodical, but the first quarter was pretty impressive". But he picked up four fouls in a five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter and never recovered. Portland opened as much as an eight-point lead on three occasions in the third quarter, and did it again early in the fourth.
Heat: Josh Richardson started in Waiters' spot.
James Johnson scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Heat.
The Miami Heat couldn't figure out a way to stop Damian Lillard - and it still hasn't figured out how to win on Sundays. Even so, they outscored the Trail Blazers only 28-23 and still trailed 63-46 at halftime.