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The Hawks dropped their third game this season against the Toronto Raptors after succumbing to a 105-97 defeat at the ACC last night. Thankfully for the Hawks, they didn’t lose much ground in Eastern Conference home court advantage race as the Miami Heat — somehow — managed to lose to the turmoil infested Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan’s 26 points, while Kyle Lowry also added a double-double — 17 points and 11 assists. For the Hawks, Jeff Teague poured out 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

A quick congratulations…

Well done to the Toronto Raptors for winning their 50th game last night — their first 50 win campaign in franchise history. Well earned.

Hawks just outplayed

Having struggled in their last few games, the Toronto Raptors came out to play last night. A whole bunch of Hawks players struggled on the offensive end — Paul Millsap shot 3-of-8, Al Horford shot 3-of-9, and Kyle Korver shot just 1-of-6. Korver noted that the Hawks left a lot of points out there in the early exchanges.

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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…

The only team at the top of the East that the Hawks were yet to beat were the Toronto Raptors. That finally changed on Friday night.

Al Horford scored a team-best 22 points, scoring on all eight of his field goal attempts, to lead the Hawks past Toronto by a score of 110-89. Paul Millsap also had a big night stuffing the box score, putting up 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks in just 33 minutes. The win extended the Hawks’ overall winning streak to 11 and the team’s winning streak on the road to 11, the latter of which continues to be a franchise best run.

Unlike the first two games on this roadtrip, the Hawks got out to a good start and were able to establish an advantage in the first quarter. After taking a 22-14 lead, the Hawks got a little turnover happy, resulting in a small Raptors run that led to a 24-19 Atlanta lead at the end of the first.

The second quarter is where the Hawks started to show signs that they would pull away with this game. They started off with seven straight points, including a 3 from Thabo Sefolosha, to open up a 12-point lead on Toronto. The Raptors were able to again fight back and make it just a five-point game, but the Hawks closed the half with their super active defense, forcing three turnovers in the final three minutes and hitting five shots from the field in that time to finish the second quarter with a 52-38 lead. Continue Reading…

Hawks Fall to Raptors 109-102

Bo Churney —  October 29, 2014

The NBA’s season opener brought the Hawks to Toronto, where they faced off against the Raptors in Al Horford’s return to regular season basketball.

The Raptors used a 9-2 run at the end of the second quarter to take an eight-point (60-52) lead into halftime. They would not relinquish this lead and instead built upon it in the third quarter. 11 different Raptors scored in the third quarter, allowing Toronto to build a double-digit lead that left the Hawks scrambling for ideas.

Toronto continued their run at the start of the fourth quarter, with their lead ballooning to as many as 19 mid-way through the period. However, Mike Scott and the Hawks re-found the 3-ball late in the game and quickly chipped away at Toronto’s big lead. A DeMarre Carroll layup that was goaltended with 35 seconds left made it a 105-101 game in favor of Toronto and the Hawks quickly fouled DeMar DeRozan to send him to the line. DeRozan missed both free throws, but jumped to just the right spot off the miss to grab the long rebound. DeRozan was then fouled again, making both attempts on the second trip to the line and essentially dashing the Hawks’ comeback hopes.

Horford looked good in first regular season game since December 29, but he was still rusty and tentative with his jumpshot. The result was 6-for-15 from the field for 12 points. Despite that, Horford still played well in the other facets of the game, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds, dishing out three assists, and block three shots. After the game, Horford said he started to get into a rhythm in the fourth quarter, and it showed when he sank back-to-back jumpers that helped the Hawks cut into the large Raptor lead. Continue Reading…

FINAL/OT

TOR(37-29) 113 – 118 (31-35)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 34 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl
D. DeRozan (TOR): 29 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Now that was a close one; from the 5:52 mark in the second quarter until the end of the game, neither team led by more than five points in this overtime thriller. The Hawks used an aggressive night from Jeff Teague to take down the third-seeded Raptors in overtime, giving the Hawks their fifth win in a row. Teague tied a career-high with 34 points, with 15 of those points coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both had great nights for the Raptors, but those two did not get enough help from the rest of their team after halftime to secure the win.

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Paul Millsap: It seems odd that Millsap recorded his first career triple-double (19 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and isn’t listed as the key performer for the game; that’s just how good Teague was. A couple of knocks on Millsap, however: he took 16 shots to get those 19 points, and he also bricked the potential game-winner at the end of regulation. I’m really not sure why the team looked for him in the isolation there when this team just isn’t built for iso-ball. 9.5/10

Jeff Teague: When Valanciunas was out of the game, Teague just flat-out attacked the basket like there was no tomorrow. Toronto coach Dwane Casey after the game said, “We blitzed him. We switched it. We tried to do everything. We have to do a better job in that situation.” 10/10

Pero Antic: Pero was 0-for-4 from deep in regulation, but he made a clutch three-pointer at the start of overtime to give the Hawks a 109-106 lead. Outside of that… he really didn’t do much and he really struggled when Valanciunas was playing. 5/10

DeMarre Carroll: Essentially the same thing as Pero about DeMarre: he didn’t do a lot, but he made a couple of timely cuts on offense and had a couple of big offensive rebounds. On defense, he did have a lot of trouble guarding DeRozan, and DeMarre was forced into a bit of foul trouble with how physical he was being. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Rarly will you see Korver go 5-for-14 from the field. He got a lot of open looks, including back-to-back wide-open shots in overtime that he missed. He did have 16 points, but that was from pure volume instead of efficiency. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 93, Raptors 92

Bo Churney —  January 31, 2013

FINAL

TOR(16-30) 92 – 93 (26-19)ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 22 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast, 3 blk
D. DeRozan (TOR): 23 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Toronto traded Jose Calderon and Ed Davis before the start of the game, and only had nine healthy players total… so, of course, that means the Hawks made a close game out of it. After trailing 55-45 at the half, Coach Drew apparently laid in to his players in the locker room, and it showed in a 30-14 third quarter advantage for the home team. The Raptors didn’t quit though, as they kept the game close, had the lead with under a minute remaining, and even had a chance to win on the final possession of the game. However, after a wild possession that probably saw 15 total fouls committed, the Hawks walked off the floor as the victors.

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Josh Smith: Had some trouble with his shot and finishing around the rim in this one, but he was getting to the line, and, GASP, he made the majority of his free throws! He was all over the place on defense, effectively shutting down Amir Johnson and DeRozan at times. His final line of 20-11-3-3-3 is something that should be appreciated. 8.5/10

Al Horford: The Raptors ran some plays early that got Aaron Gray some buckets, which is on Al. However, he was extremely efficient from the field, and was dropping some great passes to his teammates in both set plays and on the secondary break. In the fourth quarter, he had the game-winning bucket off an LD timeout play, blocked Kyle Lowry on what would have been the game-winner, and then probably fouled DeRozan (wasn’t called) on that last, wacky possession. 8.5/10

Devin Harris: Devin wasn’t nearly as aggressive in this game as he probably should have been, as seen by the majority of his shot attempts coming from behind the arc. Coach Drew said Devin’s foot injury is still bothering him, which has probably contributed to his last two “meh” performances. 5/10

Kyle Korver: You know that Kyle is shooting well when he draws a double-team late in the fourth quarter. (which is what allowed Al to get open for that dunk) Ever since that 58-point debacle in Chicago, Korver is averaging almost 17 points per game, while shooting 58% from three-point range. (on seven attempts per game) He’s been a huge reason as to why the Hawks have been able to stabilize over the past few games. 8/10

Jeff Teague: I’m just going to start making this Jeff’s permanent comment: “Jeff played aggressive in one half and the Hawks were good. Jeff played passive in the other half and the Hawks weren’t so good.” That works for about every game, right? Coach Drew needs to find ways to keep JT motivated, as even LD says that the Hawks thrive when Jeff is being aggressive. Teague no longer has the excuse that he might get pulled if he makes a mistake; it’s his team to run now, and he needs to be more consistent with it. 6.5/10 Continue Reading…