By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Anfernee Simons recorded a career-high 43 points and the Portland Trail Blazers broke an NBA season record of 56 points by Trae Young of Atlanta, ending a four-game losing streak back-to-back in a 136-131 win over the Hawks on Monday night.

Young shot 17 for 26 from the field, 7 for 12 from a distance of 3 points and 15 for 15 from the line for his career-high points score, and added 14 assists. His 56-point game eclipsed Kevin Durant’s 51-point performance for the Nets in Detroit on December 12. Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Boston’s Jaylen Brown have been in 50-point games this season.

Young became the first player with over 50 points and over 14 assists in a game since James Harden with the Houston Rockets on Dec.31, 2016.

Simons has recorded a career-high nine 3-pointers, the most for a Portland player this season. After missing Portland’s final game, Simons started in place of All-Star Damian Lillard, who was out due to injury management.

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Portland trailed early in the last quarter, but took a 112-107 lead after Ben McLemore’s layup and Nassir Little’s 3-pointer with 7:43 left. Simons’ float extended the lead to 118-111, but the persistent Hawks kept him near the stretch.

Young came down hard on the pitch after an attempted layup with less than a minute to go, but recovered to make a pair of free throws that closed the lead to 127-125.

Jusuf Nukic laid up and added a free throw to bring the score to 130-125 and Portland held on for the win.

Atlanta coach Nate McMillan entered the league’s health and safety protocol on Saturday. But six Hawks players were available to return from game protocols against the Blazers, including Sharife Cooper, Danilo Gallinari, Kevin Huerter, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Onyeka Okongwu and Delon Wright.

Five Hawks, including Bogdan Bogdanovic, remain in protocol. At one point, Atlanta was without 12 players, a league high.

Joe Prunty took over in McMillan’s absence. The Hawks came off a 121-118 win at Cleveland on Friday, which ended a three-game losing streak.

The Blazers were deprived of Lillard due to abdominal tendinopathy, which had bothered him since the Olympics. The team also still lacked backcourt teammate CJ McCollum due to a collapsed lung.

But Nurkic, the starting center, returned from game protocols against the Hawks, personally announcing his availability via Twitter. He finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Blazers coach Chauncey Billups was also back on the sidelines after missing three games.

Portland took an 18-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Atlanta recovered from a slow start, taking a 37-36 lead over 3-point Delon Wright.

The Blazers regained the advantage and took the lead 58-46 on 3 points from Nassir Little. Portland led 70-65 at the break.

Young had 29 points and nine assists in the first half. He scored 29 or more points in 16 consecutive games to tie Dominique Wilkins’ team record, set between December 1985 and January 1986.

The Hawks took a 91-90 lead over the Huerter layup and held onto a 105-100 lead going into the final quarter.

Hawks: Atlanta is in the middle of a six-game, one-season road trip. … Young’s streak with 25 or more points is the longest in the NBA this season. … Young is the first NBA player to reach 29 points and nine assists in the first half of a game this season.

Trail Blazers: Portland’s postponed December 23 game against the Brooklyn Nets has been rescheduled for January 10 at the Moda Center.

Hawks: Visit the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night.

Trail Blazers: Host the Miami Heat Wednesday night.

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