Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard named Players of the Week

Blazers Eye Back-to Back Road Wins with Stop in Atlanta

With 49 points, Lillard came two points short of his own career high while setting a season high. A jumper by Lillard pushed the advantage to 32-12, and Portland outscored the Hawks 40-18 in the quarter - its biggest margin in any period this season.

Whiteside led the HEAT to a 2-1 record for the week, averaging 20.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks while shooting an NBA-high 73 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the foul line.

The Portland Trail Blazers continued their quest to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 113-97 win over Atlanta, that also snapped a five game losing skid to the Hawks. He had 16 points after checking in for the final time with 8:26 left, sparking a game-ending 28-18 run.

Lillard got help from Jusuf Nurkic, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The NBA announced Monday that Miami HEAT center Hassan Whiteside was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19. It was a brilliantly efficient performance from Lillard, who went 14-of-21 from the field, including 9-of-12 from downtown, becoming the first Trail Blazer to ever knock down 1,000 career 3-pointers, and the first player to put up 49 points on 21 or less shots since Amar'e Stoudemire almost 10 years ago. As Portland built a double digit lead for the first time in the fourth quarter, they were riding his hot stroke from three.

Ersan Ilyasova started in his place against Portland and scored 23 points. "I think it doesn't matter who I put in there".

"Being at home doesn't guarantee anything", Stotts said.

Would this impact whether Spoelstra sticks with defensively-skilled Josh Richardson as his starting shooting guard on Tuesday against Phoenix?

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