Simons and Ayton Lead Blazers to 106-102 Victory Over Hawks

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During Wednesday’s NBA action, the Portland Trail Blazers emerged victorious against the Atlanta Hawks with a close 106-102 win. Anfernee Simons scored 36 points, and Deandre Ayton‘s season-high 33 points and 19 rebounds led Portland to snap a losing streak, delivering standout performances that highlighted their determination to contribute more to the team’s success.

Dejounte Murray‘s near-season-best 40-point performance showcased the Hawks’ resilience despite the challenges posed by an extensive road trip and injuries that have plagued the team.

The Trail Blazers’ comeback from a 16-point deficit demonstrated their ability to adjust and fight back, with key plays in the final quarter ensuring their lead.

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The game was a back-and-forth affair, with critical moments including Matisse Thybulle‘s crucial block and Simons’ late free throws sealing the win for Portland. Ayton reflected his ambition and mindset, aiming to inspire winning attitudes and greatness within the team.

“Coming into these games I’m trying to do everything,” Ayton said. “Not only just my requirement, my role for this team, but do a lot more. And that’s where I’m at. I’m more dominant.”

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The Hawks faced additional adversity with Saddiq Bey‘s injury and the absence of key players, which affected their lineup and performance. Atlanta coach Quin Snyder acknowledged the Blazers’ effective adjustment in the third quarter, highlighting the game’s turning points.

“Obviously a tough loss, we came out in the game playing very well,” Snyder said. “You knew they were find a groove and start making some shots, and they made a lot of them.”

Injuries also impacted the Trail Blazers, with several players sidelined, putting additional pressure on the active roster to step up.

“Wasn’t crazy about our first half, wasn’t crazy about our start. But we talked about it at halftime, we looked at a few things, and we picked it up,” Billups said. “Physicality, our defensive awareness picked up and offensively we were able to rebound and kind of run and break free a little bit.”

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The game was a part of Portland’s six-game homestand, with the team looking to maintain momentum in their upcoming games. The Hawks are set to continue their road trip against the Utah Jazz on Friday night, while the Trail Blazers will host the New York Knicks on Thursday, aiming to build on their recent success.

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