- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers‘ game against the Hawks: Don’t let Kyle Korver get the ball.

Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped in Atlanta’s 102-78 loss to Portland on Wednesday night.

“I’m a little bummed,” Korver said. “The streak was good, it was good while it lasted. Someday I’ll look on it and be proud. Not tonight, obviously. This was a tough game all the way around for us.”

Korver had surpassed Dana Barros’ record of 89 straight, set from 1994-96, earlier this season. He was 0 for 5 from 3-point range against the Blazers and finished with five total points, well off his 12-point average.

Korver’s streak started in the second game last season and over its course he hit 337 total 3-pointers.

“I was thinking, ‘Don’t let him touch the ball,’” Matthews said of his pregame plan. “I was mad when he did touch it.”

Nicolas Batum had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Portland. He has had at least 11 rebounds in his last three games, and has seven double-doubles this season.

Mo Williams added 15 points off the bench for Portland, which had six players in double figures and led by as many as 29 points. The Blazers have won six of its last seven games while keeping pace as one of the teams battling for the top four seeds in the West.

Matthews finished with 10 points, but his main job was Korver.

“It was a team thing, but Wes took a lot of pride in that challenge,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “It was fun to watch, especially in that third quarter. They were going head to head and Wes took the challenge.”

The Hawks have lost four straight and 12 of their last 13 as they fight to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Cartier Martin led Atlanta with 16 points off the bench.

The game was so lopsided that both coaches rested their starters late in the game. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he didn’t want to risk another injury by sending Korver back in the game.

Korver said it was a matter of pride.

“We were getting blown out. I never wanted to keep it going like that,” he said. “If they would’ve put me back in, I would have gone in, but I wasn’t looking to get back in just to keep the streak alive.”

Portland was coming off a 107-106 loss to the Lakers on Monday that snapped a five-game winning streak.

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