Blazers-Hawks: Portland Sends It to OT, but Atlanta Sends Them Home

November 16th, 2009 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »

The first competitive game in over a week proved that you have to play all 48 minutes, or in tonight's game, 53 minutes.

The Blazers fell to the Hawks 99-95 in Atlanta, after a hard fought battle and a frustrating overtime.

In the previous four games on the road, the Blazers started off shooting poorly, and in most cases, so did their opponent. Tonight it was the exact opposite as the Hawks and Blazers were firing on all cylinders. The Blazers took an early 28-20 first quarter lead with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Rudy Fernandez.

Throughout the first three quarters, despite the Blazers leading by double-digit points, there was a feeling that Atlanta could make their comeback at any moment. After a stagnant and offensively deficient third quarter, the Hawks made their move.

Starting in the fourth quarter, the perfect storm took place and Atlanta finally started to heat up.

The Blazers got sloppy, turned the ball over and, with opportunities to take advantage, didn't come through. Brandon Roy bailed out Greg Oden and Rudy Fernandez bailed out Steve Blake. Regulation ended ...

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