NBA: Damian Lillard puts up 42, Blazers fend off Hawks

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FILE – Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Moda Center on January 23, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Damian Lillard registered 42 points and six assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 129-125 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Jerami Grant scored 22 points and Anfernee Simons added 21 points and seven assists as the Trail Blazers closed out a 3-3 homestand. Lillard drained five 3-pointers and sank all 17 of his free throws while scoring at least 40 points for the eighth time this season.

Dejounte Murray scored a career-high 40 points and also had eight rebounds and seven assists for the Hawks, who lost for the fourth time in the past five games. Bogdan Bogdanovic had 23 points and seven assists, John Collins scored 16 points and Clint Capela had…

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