The Hawks' west-coast swing is serving as a continuation of Atlanta's poor fortune, as the Hawks (26-33) lost their second straight game in the five-game trip - and 12th of 13 overall - in a 102-78 drubbing by the Trail Blazers (42-19).
The one bright spot for the Hawks as of late - Kyle Korver's NBA-record three-pointer streak - also was extinguished as Korver failed to make a three-pointer to end his consecutive-games streak with at leas one three at 127 games. Korver made just one of nine shots from the floor.
His teammates shot just as poorly, as the Hawks only made 33% of their shots from the floor. Cartier Martin led the Hawks with 16 points and three steals in 24 minutes while coming off the bench.
The Hawks did have Pero Antic back, after the center missed 16 games with a stress fracture in his right foot. Antic finished with 10 points and four rebounds. However, Paul Millsap missed his fifth consecutive game with a knee bruise and the Hawks were still short-stacked in the front court. Combined with poor play from the guard positions (Jeff Teague, Korver, Dennis Schroeder, and Shelvin Mack combined to shoot 9 of 39 from the floor) and the Hwks had no chance in this one.
All of Portland's starters scored in double figures, despite resting for much of the second half. Nicolas Batum had 14 points and 18 rebounds as Portland had a monstrous 53-37 edge on the boards.
The Hawks' road trip continues Friday night against the Golden State Warriors. Despite the collapse, the Hawks still hold a three-game lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East over the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are also mired in a slump in losing eight of their last 10 games. The Hawks also lead Cleveland by 3.5 games.