After 4 ties in the 4th quarter, Al Horford hit the go-ahead shot midway through to give Atlanta the lead for good. Horford finished with 17 points, helping the Hawks overcome 37 points from LaMarcus Aldridge.
Atlanta played this game short-handed, as DeMarre Carroll missed the game with an Achilles strain. His replacement, Thabo Sefolosha, left the game after only 2 minutes with a right calf strain. This called for Kent Bazemore to come off the bench and score 12 points, with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. He was the surprise contributor off the bench, playing nearly 40 minutes.
Mike Scott added 11 points for the Hawks off the bench.
The Blazers have now lost 4 of their last 5, but led at the end of each of the first 3 quarters. The Hawks took over in the final quarter, outscoring Portland 36-25.
Atlanta has not lost since December 26th against the Milwaukee Bucks, meaning they are undefeated in the year 2015. They had 6 players in double figures, led by Paul Millsap with 21.
Following a Golden State Warriors loss to the Utah Jazz, Atlanta now hold the NBA's best record at 39-8. They will put their win streak on the line tonight when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. The Trail Blazers fell to 32-15 and will visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.