ONE LONG NIGHT IN PORTLAND
We have heard other teams complain about the Hawks for years... "They are so long and athletic," they would say. Well, on Saturday night it was the Portland Trail Blazers who were a little too long and athletic for Atlanta without Al Horford holding down the center position. The Blazers seemed to be a step quicker and were able to get just enough of the ball to deflect it in the right direction. The result was a game where the Hawks were unable to find any consistency on offense, nor the desired resistence on defense.

GAME NOTES
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- The Hawks saw their six-game win streak against Portland come to an end, falling to the Blazers, 97-77, on Saturday at the Rose Garden.

-- Both clubs came out of the gate firing, and Portland got the better of it, making 15-23 FGs in the first quarter en route to a 33-25 lead ... After sputtering through a second quarter in which they were outpointed, 19-12, the Hawks fell behind by 16 at the halftime buzzer ... Atlanta was topped on the boards in the half, 26-14.

-- In the third, things didn't get much better, as both teams went cold, and the Hawks couldn't cut into the lead ... The Hawks were down 72-56 entering the fourth, and couldn't climb to within single digits the rest of the night ... Atlanta was beaten soundly on the glass, 50-27.

-- Josh Smith finished one assist shy of a triple-double (14 pts/10 rebs/9 assts), Joe Johnson scored 19, Willie Green had 17 and Marvin Williams followed with 10 ... Nicolas Batum hurt the Hawks for 22, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19, and Raymond Felton broke out of a horrendous slump with 14 points and 8 assists.

-- The Hawks will travel to Chicago to face the Bulls in a President's Day matchup on Monday at 4 p.m. ET (SportSouth HD, ESPN, 680 AM, 83.7 FM).