Hawks Defeat Trail Blazers 120-106, Extending 3-Game Win Streak

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In a remarkable display of skill and teamwork, the Atlanta Hawks secured their third consecutive victory by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 120-106 during Wednesday’s NBA action. This win highlighted the Hawks’ resilience and extended the Trail Blazers’ losing streak to eight games.

Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with an impressive 30 points and seven assists. His performance was a testament to his leadership and ability to overcome physical challenges, as he was questionable before the game due to back soreness.

“(Murray)’s efficiency tonight was just terrific,” Hawks coach Quin Snyder remarked. “He picked his spots. He set people up. He really set the tone for us.”

Supporting Murray, Garrison Mathews emerged as a crucial player, scoring a season-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Mathews’ performance underscored the depth of talent within the Hawks, especially with several key players sidelined due to injuries.

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“I always try to make the right basketball play, keeping confidence in my guys,” Murray said. “They know I believe in them. I’m always looking to get them the ball and for them to be aggressive taking shots.”

The Hawks’ strategy and execution on the court were further bolstered by Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela, who contributed significantly to the team’s victory with their scoring and defensive plays.

On the other side, the Trail Blazers showed promise through the efforts of Dalano Banton, who scored a career-high 31 points. Despite the loss, Banton’s performance, along with contributions from Toumani Camara and Scoot Henderson, highlighted the potential within the Blazers’ ranks.

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The game was a showcase of strategic plays, with the Hawks capitalizing on their opportunities, particularly in the second quarter, where their accuracy from beyond the arc helped them build a significant lead.

As both teams look ahead, the Trail Blazers aim to regroup and find their rhythm against Miami, while the Hawks set their sights on continuing their winning streak against Boston following a recent victory against the NBA-leading Celtics.

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