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Matthews has 28 points, Blazers top Hawks 104-93

Friday - 3/22/2013, 11:16pm  ET

Portland Trail Blazers' Eric Maynor, center, greets teammates, from left, Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and J.J. Hickson, as they come off the court for a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Atlanta. Portland won 104-93. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers credit improved defense for back-to-back road wins that have kept their playoff hopes alive.

The Atlanta Hawks say they must revive their defense to have any hopes of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Wesley Matthews scored 28 points to lead three Blazers with at least 20 points and Portland beat the Hawks 104-93 Friday night for their second road win in as many nights.

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 13 rebounds, giving him at least 20 points in seven straight games. Aldridge scored 28 points in the Blazers' 99-89 win at Chicago on Thursday night.

"We've been playing a lot better defense in the last two games," Lillard said.

The Hawks and Bulls are fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference standings. Atlanta trails fourth-place Brooklyn by 2
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