Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/20

Game 1: Friday, February 20th
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Game 2: Sunday, March 15th
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Hawks 98

(32-23, 13-17 away)

Trail Blazers 108

(34-20, 22-5 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    10:00 PM ET, February 20, 2009

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 26 22 24 2698
    POR 23 27 30 28108

    Top Performers

    Atl: M. Bibby 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Por: B. Roy 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Aldridge's double-double propels Blazers to fourth win in last five

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Trail Blazers are doing a good job of protecting their home court so far.

    Portland has won seven straight at the Rose Garden, where they improved to 22-5 overall with a 108-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Portland held off each Atlanta run in the second half to get its seventh straight home win and 13th win in its last 14 games vs. the Hawks.

    • The Blazers capitalized on their opportunities and committed only eight turnovers and turned their 18 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points.

    • Mike Bibby had 27 points on 10-14 shooting from the field to lead the Hawks, who have lost nine of their last 10 games in Portland.

    • Portland improved to 18-5 vs. the Eastern Conference and 24-2 when scoring 100-plus points this season.

    -- ESPN research

    LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win, said the Blazers will need to make sure they maintain that home-court advantage if they're going to make it to the playoffs.

    "As long as we keep playing hard, and taking care of the home court, we'll be good," he said.

    The Blazers have the second-best home record in the Western Conference, behind the Los Angeles Lakers (25-4).

    "It's important to get any win at this stage, especially those at home," coach Nate McMillan said.

    Brandon Roy added 27 points for the Blazers, who have won nine of their last 12 overall.

    Mike Bibby scored 27 points for the Hawks, who kept it close in the first half but fell behind midway through the second and trailed by as many as 16. Joe Johnson added 21.

    "They made a run in the second half and it really put them over the hump," Johnson said. "We just couldn't recover from it."

    Blazers center Greg Oden missed his second game because of a bone chip in his left knee. He was hurt in a collision during a game at Golden State before the All-Star break. It forced him to miss the All-Star rookie challenge and Wednesday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

    He was also expected to miss Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will be reevaluated Monday. The top pick in the 2007 draft, Oden sat out last season after microfracture surgery on his right knee. He missed six games at the start of this season with a foot injury.

    Joel Przybilla started in Oden's absence, finishing with six points and 10 rebounds.

    The teams traded the lead back and forth 13 times in the first half. Portland made a move in the second, going up 58-50 on Roy's 3-pointer.

    But Bibby and Johnson each had 3-pointers to answer for the Hawks. Marvin Williams added a running jumper to narrow it to 60-58.

    Portland quickly extended its margin, taking a 78-68 lead on Rudy Fernandez's 3-pointer. The Blazers went up 92-80 on Roy's 3-pointer with 7:50 left.

    Fernandez's 3-pointer made it 104-88 late, and the Spanish forward finished with 19 points.

    Fernandez has hit a three in 32-straight games, an ongoing rookie record. He has at least one 3-pointer in 52 of 53 games this season.

    The Hawks, who had won six of their last nine, did not make any moves by Thursday's trade deadline. Meanwhile, the Blazers were involved in a three-way deal that sent forward Ike Diogu to Sacramento and brought Chicago forward Michael Ruffin to Portland.

    Ruffin was activated for Friday night's game in Oden's absence. He entered with 17.3 seconds left, but didn't not score.

    Aldridge, who had his 10th double-double of the season, said the Blazers were relieved no major moves were made.

    "We've been together and I think we built a chemistry," he said. "I think all the guys wanted to keep it that way."

    The Blazers were coming off a 94-90 victory over Memphis on Wednesday. The same night, the Hawks defeated the Kings 105-100 in Sacramento.

    Game notes

    Blazers forward Martell Webster, out with a foot injury, may not return during the regular season, according to one report. Webster, who was expected to start, had surgery on his left foot before the start of the season. He returned briefly for one game before reaggravating the injury. ... Portland has won four straight against the Hawks. ... Roy has scored 19 or more points in seven straight games. He's averaging 26.7 points over the stretch.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 108
    FGM-FGA 37-78 (.474) 44-92 (.478)
    3PM-3PA 7-22 (.318) 8-23 (.348)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 12-16 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-36 18-44
    Assists 19 22
    Turnovers 13 8
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 15 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 16 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 7 16

    Top Performers

    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 27
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Brandon Roy Roy
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0