In the second game of a quick three-game road swing before the All-Star Break, the Atlanta Hawks turned around their fortunes, outlasting the Portland Trail Blazers 109-104 in overtime on Monday night. The story of the game was the two big swings in overtime; Portland came out firing, scoring the first seven points of the extra period before the Hawks put the clamps on them, holding the Trail Blazers scoreless through the final 3:14 of the game.
The Hawks trailed most of the fourth quarter before earning the opportunity to tie or win the game with 2.2 seconds left. Paul Millsap hit a running left-handed floater that left his hand with just about a tenth of a second on the clock:
Hawks' Paul Millsap *barely* forces overtime vs. Blazers (all angles) pic.twitter.com/fB7VraWjZR— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 14, 2017
In overtime, the Hawks took a punch to the mouth early but bounced back, finishing the game on a 12-0 run to steal a win from the hometown Trail Blazers. Atlanta’s defense was smothering throughout the game, but it came at a high cost; Portland grabbed 22 offensive rebounds, an absurd 32.8 percent of their misses, including two huge tips from Moe Harkless at the end of regulation that almost spelled doom for the Hawks. The defense kept up in overtime and the Hawks had just enough offense to carry them over the line.
Next up is a trip to Staples Center on Wednesday to take on the Los Angeles Clippers before the Hawks take nine days off for the All-Star Break.