Schroder, Hawks beat short-handed Trail Blazers

Atlanta Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-97 on Monday night

Atlanta Hawks' Dennis Schroder, right, of Germany, put up a shot against Portland Trail Blazers' Ed Davis in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Hawks' Dennis Schroder, right, of Germany, put up a shot against Portland Trail Blazers' Ed Davis in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder took advantage of Portland’s depleted backcourt to score 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-97 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.

Schroder, Atlanta’s backup point guard, lost a tooth in a collision early in the fourth period but still led six Atlanta scorers in double figures.

The Trail Blazers were without both starting guards, leading scorers Damon Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Lillard has plantar fasciitis in his left foot and missed a game for the first time in his career, ending his streak of playing in 275 consecutive games.

McCollum has two sprained ankles. Lillard said he has been playing with a sore foot for a few weeks.

Allen Crabbe had 19 points for Portland in a fill-in start. Tim Frazier, making his first start of the season, had 12 points and seven assists.

The Trail Blazers have lost four straight.

Portland’s Maurice Harkless had 14 points, including three straight baskets in the second quarter — a 3-pointer, a left-handed layup and a jam. Mason Plumlee, who had 11 points, added two free throws to cut Atlanta’s lead to 40-39.

Kent Bazemore’s drive for a basket ended Portland’s run. The Hawks pushed the lead to 55-43 at halftime and continued to pull away in the third period.

The last tie of the game was 11-11. The Hawks scored the next five points to take a lead they wouldn’t lose.

A basket by Thabo Sefolosha early in the final quarter stretched the lead to 21 points at 79-58. The Trail Blazers cut the deficit below 10 points late in the game but couldn’t make a serious charge.

Sefolosha, Mike Scott and Jeff Teague had 13 points for Atlanta. Paul Millsap had 12.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Frazier, who started three games with Philadelphia last season as a rookie, made his first start for Portland. He logged 47 minutes, 35 seconds. … The Blazers fell to 1-9 against the Eastern Conference this season. … Gerald Henderson had 12 points.

Hawks: Bazemore had 12 points. … C Edy Tavares was inactive after being recalled from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

STREAK ENDS

Lillard said he had to think about protecting his health for the remainder of the season instead of preserving the streak.

“It’s more about not trying to be extra tough, worried about the streak or anything like that,” Lillard said. “It’s something I can take care of now and try to just handle it now as opposed to it lingering on for the rest of the season.”

Lillard said he expects to miss only “one game, maybe two.”

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Hawks: Host Detroit on Wednesday night.

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