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Blazers at Hawks In Arena Report

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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On a beautiful day in Atlanta, Georgia the Blazers completed their second "wire-to-wire" victory of the season by dismantling the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena by the final score of 113-97. I assume it was a fun game to watch from home early in the afternoon, but it was an even better game to watch from inside Philips Arena.

Upon arriving to the game, the arena was barely a quarter full, but there were many Trail Blazers fans watching the team warm up and waiting for autographs. Exploring new NBA arenas is always fun, and I saw that even the Hawks Arena have a few cool quirks like its own mini basketball court on the second floor.

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After spending some time exploring the arena we watched the team warm up and got to talk with Trail Blazers TV Analyst, Lamar Hurd for a bit.

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Soon enough the game started and the Blazers took a 17-3 lead. That lead continued to swell until the point where they were up 40-18 at the end of the first quarter.

While the Hawks made a few big runs, the Blazers always found an answer and once the lead was in double digits, it never got back to within single digits.

The Hawks lose by an average of 24.5 points without Paul Millsap on the floor, which was the case tonight, and while they did not reach that total, everybody knew that this would be a different ball game with Millsap playing.

In just the second "wire-to-wire" game of the season, the Blazers received contributions from all their players (including Noah Vonleh's first double-double in a Portland uniform), and they handily defeated the Hawks guaranteeing them finish their final 5 game road trip with a winning record. Now for their final challenge... A road game against the hottest team in basketball on the second night of a back to back; a game against the Miami Heat.

However, for now the Blazers can rest up and prepare for Miami, because that isn't going to be a jaunt down the beach. I will be down there for that game and will be writing another "in-arena recap". If there is anything I should be looking for at the American Airlines Arena than make sure to comment below!

Pictures from the game:

A straight on look of the court at Philips Arena

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Hawks Banners

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Tip-Off!

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Some Action

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The Reserves Check-in!

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