The Atlanta Hawks went into Toronto winners of their last four games, but the Raptors but a stop to that, knocking off the Hawks 105-97.
The first quarter seemed awfully similar to that of the Hawks first against the Chicago Bulls on Monday. They weren't making tons of shots, and it seemed that everything the Raptors put up, came back down through the net. Jeff Teague picked up where he left off from Monday, and had six points in the first quarter.
It appeared the game might get chippy early, after Kris Humphries was called for a flagrant foul, and a possession later, it appeared Bismack Biyombo took a hard shot back at Humphries, but things cooled down, and the Hawks would trail 25-20 at the end of one.
Kent Bazemore held it down for the Hawks offensively in the second quarter, having seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan put on a show, with 11 and eight points respectively in the quarter. Combined, the two went 4-of-5 from three point range, as the Raptors outscored the Hawks in the second quarter 29-21, giving the Raptors a 54-41 lead going into the locker room.
The Hawks were able to close the gap early in the third quarter. A Jeff Teague three got the Hawks within five points, but the Raptors quickly stretched out a 15-2 run, and were up 77-58 at one point. The crowd at the Air Canada Centre was loud, and the Hawks looked rattled.
As the Hawks attempted to come back, their efforts kept coming up short. Whether they couldn't get a foul cal, turnovers, or just simply missed baskets, the Hawks stayed in the hole that they were put in. Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder combined for 14 points in the quarter, but it seemed as if it didn't even matter. Norman Powell had 10 points for the Raptors, and DeRozan had yet another great quarter with nine points. The Raptors took an 89-67 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Hawks' second unit was able to put the Hawks on a 9-0 run in the fourth, forcing a timeout by the Raptors, narrowing the gap to 93-79. Out of the timeout, Tim Hardaway Jr. was able to drive up the middle of the lane for a layup, making it a 93-81 game with just over eight minutes left. They would extend that streak to 15 straight, making it a single-digit lead down 93-84 with 6:07 left in the game.
That's as close as the Hawks would get towards the end. A few possessions without baskets and the Raptors answering, and the Raptors found themselves back up 99-84 with just over four minutes to go in the game. That would be all the Raptors need, as they came away with a 105-97 win, snapping the Hawks four-game winning streak.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be in town Friday, as the Hawks look to recover from tonight's loss.