Kyle Lowry made a floating jump shot with 4:49 left in Wednesday’s game between the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, capping off a personal 8-0 run and putting his team ahead 82-75 after they had trailed by 17 midway through the third quarter. The flu-like symptoms that sent Lowry to the locker room during the first half didn’t keep him from putting up a season-high 31 points (9-of-17, five rebounds, five assists), 22 of which came in the fourth quarter, and Toronto walked away with a 96-86 victory over the struggling Hawks.
“He played very well in the fourth quarter,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Lowry’s efforts. “That’s part of the problem. He did a little bit of everything. He got to the basket, he made a three, he made free throws.”
The Hawks put together an impressive first half defensively, taking a 46-32 lead to the locker room. Al Horford talked about the contrast of defensive effort in the two halves.
“I felt like we probably can’t play better defense than that,” said Horford of limiting the Raptors to 32 first-half points. “I felt like we relaxed in the second half as a team, especially in the fourth quarter. It’s just unacceptable.”
After the Raptors fell behind 58-41 with 6:46 remaining in the third, DeMar DeRozan (17 points, 7-for-16) and Terrence Ross (eight points, 3-for-7) contributed nine and six points respectively to an impressive Toronto run that cut their deficit to single digits heading into the final period. The fourth quarter was all Lowry as Atlanta struggled on both ends of the court. Continue Reading…