Wrapup LILLARD’S 27 HELP TRAIL BLAZERS BEAT HAWKS 113-97
atlanta» Damian Lillard scored 27 points and the Trail Blazers took control with a dominant opening quarter to beat the Hawks 113-97 on Saturday night.
C.J. McCollum had 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 16 for Portland, which raced out to a 17-3 lead and never trailed.
Atlanta held out four-time all-star forward Paul Millsap after he experienced tightness in his left knee during pregame warm-ups. Ersan Ilyasova, who started for Millsap, had 23 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22.
The Trail Blazers took command with a strong start, making 11 of their first 12 shots from the field. A jumper by Lillard pushed the advantage to 32-12, and Portland outscored the Hawks 40-18 in the quarter — its biggest margin in any period this season.