Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The first non-sellout Rose Garden crowd in nearly five years home unhappy Monday night. The Atlanta Hawks withstood a fourth-quarter Portland rally to beat the Trail Blazers 95-87. Josh Smith collected 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Atlanta (3-3), which lost 89-76 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday at Staples Center. J.J. Hickson recorded season highs in points (19) and rebounds (18) for Portland (2-5). Nicolas Batum added 19 points and seven rebounds for the losers. The game ended the Blazers' 195-game streak of selling out the 20,500-seat Rose Garden. The run began in December 2007. The Blazers' All-Star forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, struggled through a 4-for-13 shooting night. He had 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high eight assists. However, Aldridge committed five turnovers -- including two in the final minutes -- and missed two free throws with 31 seconds left that would have pulled Portland within two points of Atlanta. The Blaz...
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