The Atlanta Hawks continue their torrid stretch with a blowout 110-89 win over the Toronto Raptors. Atlanta has now won 11 straight games and the first three stops on their current four-game road trip. The Hawks insisted there wasn't anything special about Friday's game but had to take a bit of satisfaction given that the Raptors had defeated them twice already this season.
The Hawks established themselves early and led 24-19 at the end of one. Atlanta's defense was on point in the first quarter holding Toronto to just 32 percent shooting. Atlanta on the other hand made seven of their first eight shot attempts and finished at 61 percent shooting in the opening quarter. Still the Hawks only led by five points. Atlanta continued to pour it on in the second and a late run to end the period put them in front 52-38 at halftime.
The Hawks continued to attack in the second half and eventually stretched the lead to 26 points before emptying the bench in the games final moments.
Atlanta used a balanced attack offensively led by Al Horford who led six different Hawks players in double figures with 22 points. Horford was a perfect 8-8 from the field and was 6-7 from the free throw line. Paul Millsap added 16 points and eight rebounds while Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll logged 13 points each. Teague handed out a game-high nine assists and turned the ball over just once.
The Hawks recorded 30 assists on 42 made baskets while making 61 percent of their field goal attempts including 12-23 shooting from three-point range. Atlanta held the Raptors to 43 percent shooting from the field and turned 19 turnovers into 24 points.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan did everything he could to keep the Raptors in it finishing with 25 points on 11-18 shooting. Kyle Lowry finished with 11 points but the Raptors starting front court of Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 17 points on 5-19 shooting.
Atlanta will wrap up its road trip on Saturday with a trip to Chicago to face the Bulls.