Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Blazers' Damian Lillard (hamstring) will return Tuesday after missing five games

Blazers' Damian Lillard (hamstring) will return Tuesday after missing five games

Using balanced scoring and solid defense, the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away from the hapless Atlanta Hawks in the second half Friday night to notch a 110-89 win at Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

Lillard suffered a right calf strain in the Blazers' previous contest, but it's nothing too serious and he'll play through the injury Friday. Seven Hawks enter Friday's game averaging double-figure point totals. Portland led by as many as 12 points in the opening half, but Atlanta got back within 45-43 on Dennis Schroder's layup. Over the course of 31 games this season, the veteran point guard has hit or surpassed the 30-point mark on 10 occasions, which includes a streak of four straight.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts sent his all of his starters to the bench by the halfway point of the final period.

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The lopsided win came a week after the Blazers fell to the Hawks in Atlanta, 104-89.

The Hawks continue their own three-game road trip with their visit to the Rose City after falling to the Phoenix Suns, 104-103, in the desert on Tuesday. No one else reached double figures for the Hawks, which maintained the NBA's worst record.

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