Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hooptube's Game of the day: Blazers Vs Hawks

Trail Blazers 111 - 109 Atlanta Hawks

Travis Outlaw sank a long jumper with one second left in overtime to lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Atlanta Hawks 111-109 Monday.

Guarded by Josh Smith, Outlaw held the ball outside the 3-point line until under 5 seconds remained. Then Outlaw took a couple of dribbles inside the circle before pulling up and making the jumper.

Joe Johnson, who scored 37 points, missed a last-second shot for Atlanta.

Outlaw led Portland with 23 points. Brandon Roy added 18 and Sergio Rodriguez had 16.

The Hawks trailed 96-89 with 3:50 left in regulation but came back at the free-throw line. The Hawks scored 11 straight points on free throws to pull even at 100 with 31.9 seconds left. Johnson made the Hawks' last six free throws in the rally.

After a Portland timeout, Roy dribbled almost 20 seconds off the clock before missing a driving layup against Johnson. Al Horford grabbed the rebound for Atlanta, which called a timeout with 11.2 seconds left to set up a last shot, but a miss by Johnson led to overtime.

Outlaw scored the first four points of overtime on a hook and a jumper, but Smith helped keep Atlanta close. Smith's steal and assist set up a basket by Johnson, and Smith added another assist to set up a jam by Marvin Williams that left the teams tied at 107.

Following two free throws by Outlaw, the Hawks missed four shots but created another possession when Smith stole the ball from Outlaw.

Williams, fouled by LaMarcus Aldridge, made two free throws for another tie at 109 with 19 seconds left.

Tyronn Lue had 18 points and Smith had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Williams and Josh Childress each added 11.

Portland improved to 3-3 on its seven-game trip through the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks, who have lost three straight, head west for five straight road games, beginning with a visit to Denver on Wednesday. The Hawks play at Portland on Sunday.

The Trail Blazers won their sixth straight in Atlanta.

Hawks rookie Acie Law made his sixth start and had 7 points and 5 assists. Atlanta's regular point guard, Anthony Johnson, served a one-game suspension for his flagrant two foul against Toronto's Toronto's Jose Calderon on Friday.

Johnson's suspension also cleared more playing time for Lue, who had 13 points in the first half while making each of his three 3-point attempts.

Rodriguez countered with 10 first-half points off Portland's bench to help the Trail Blazers lead 54-50 at halftime.

Law hit a 3-pointer and then set up a basket for Al Horford as the Hawks opened the second half with a 9-0 run. It was Law's first 3-pointer in eight games, earning the rookie a bear hug from Smith on the way off the floor on a Portland timeout.

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