Sunday, March 15, 2009. (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 35 points, Josh Smith had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-80 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory.
Brandon Roy finished with 29 points for the Blazers, who have lost two of three. Portland dropped a half-game behind Denver for the Northwest Division lead and fell out of a three-way tie with the Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Johnson, who scored 15 points in the third quarter, shot 15-for-27 from the field in his fourth straight 30-point game. He handed out six assists, but missed all four of his 3-point attempts.
Atlanta improved to 25-7 at home. The Blazers have lost seven of eight on the road.
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