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Korver's record 3-pointer streak ends as Blazers crush Hawks

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The Canadian Press
3/6/2014 1:17:22 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nicolas Batum had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers routed Atlanta 102-78, a loss that marked the end of Hawks guard Kyle Korver's NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer.

Korver had surpassed Dana Barros' record of 89 straight, set from 1994-96, earlier this season. He was 0 for 5 from 3-point range against the Blazers.

Portland, which led by as many as 29 points, has won six of its last seven games while keeping pace as one of the teams battling for the top four seeds in the West.

The Hawks have lost four straight and 12 of their last 13 as they fight to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Batum has had at least 11 rebounds in his last three games, and he has seven double-doubles this season. Mo Williams added 15 points off the bench for Portland, which had six players in double figures.

Cartier Martin had 16 points off the bench for Atlanta.

Portland is coming off a 107-106 loss to the Lakers on Monday that snapped a five-game winning streak.

All-Star Damian Lillard started for the Blazers despite missing practice because of a stomach bug, but the Blazers were still without forward Thomas Robinson, who has a sore left knee.

Portland also was without forward Joel Freeland because of a right knee injury.

All-Star forward Paul Millsap missed his fifth straight game for the Hawks because of a right knee contusion. His absence hurts Atlanta, which is already without big men Al Horford and Gustavo Ayon for the season.

Lillard's 3-pointer put the Blazers up 20-17 in the first quarter. Dorell Wright made a 3-pointer and two of three free throws to give the Blazers a 29-19 lead going into the second.

Portland pushed the lead to 42-28 on Wesley Matthew's 3-pointer midway thought the second quarter. Batum made it 51-33 with a 3-pointer late in the half, and the Blazers went to the break with a 56-38 advantage.

The Hawks struggled in the first half, shooting just 25 per cent (11 of 44) from the floor for their lowest first-half percentage of the season.

Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge was also having a tough start, going 0 for 6 from the floor with three rebounds. The three-time All-Star went into the game averaging 23.7 points and 11.2 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge's jumper -- his first basket from the field -- put the Blazers up 68-46 in the third quarter. He finished with 12 points.

Will Barton's 3-pointer pushed Portland's lead to 87-60 in the second half and the Hawks could never catch up.

NOTES: It was the first of two meetings between the teams this season. .... The two have split the last two regular-season series 1-1. ... Following Wednesday night's game, the Blazers embark on a five-game road trip. ... Oregon Ducks coach Dana Altman was among the fans at the game. Altman coached Korver at Creighton before heading to Eugene.

Wesley Matthews (Photo: Canadian Press)

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