Central Division squads meet in Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors try to extend their
winning streak to three games tonight when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to
Air Canada Centre for a Central Division battle.
Toronto is 2-0 since acquiring Jalen Rose, Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter
from the Chicago Bulls for Antonio Davis, Jerome Williams and Chris Jefferies
Earlier this season, Toronto defeated the Hawks 99-97 in overtime on November
26 at Atlanta.
Vince Carter and Marshall each scored 21 points, as the Raptors
defeated the Boston Celtics, 105-95, on Wednesday in front of their home
Carter also collected 10 assists and five rebounds against Boston, while
Marshall pulled down eight rebounds. Alvin Williams had 18 points and Chris
Bosh added 16 points and eight boards for Toronto, which has won four of its
last five games.
Morris Peterson netted 15 points for the Raptors, who sank a franchise-record
17 three-point shots in 24 attempts (71 percent). The Raptors actually shot
better from the three-point line than they did the free-throw line (16-of-23,
Wednesday’s game marked the first time this season that Toronto has reached
the 100-point mark in regulation time.
The Raptors are 6-2 at home this season.
Atlanta lost its second in a row on Tuesday, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated
the Hawks, 106-94, at Philips Arena.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim paced Atlanta with 26 points. Jason Terry collected 23
points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Hawks, who have dropped four of
their last five games.
The Hawks are 3-7 away from home.
Toronto has won four straight and 10 of the last meetings over the Hawks.
Atlanta has dropped five straight and six of its last seven at Toronto.