Raptors cruise past Hawks
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh poured in 21 points and grabbed five
rebounds as Toronto beat up on Atlanta, 105-94, at Air Canada Centre.
Bosh finished 8-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-11 from the line while Joey
Graham scored 19 points and pulled down eight boards in the victory.
Morris Peterson donated 16 points, Andrea Bargnani had 12 and Jose Calderon
also contributed 12 with a season-high 12 assists for the Raptors, who
snapped a three-game losing skid.
“We learned in our last game with Phoenix not to let other teams take it to
us,” Calderon said. “Today we played good. We thought we did what we had to
Toronto shot 55 percent from the field.
Marvin Williams posted 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting for the Hawks, who have
lost eight in a row and nine of 10. Speedy Claxton netted 18 points, and in
doing so, joined the NBA’s 3,000 point club. He now has 3,014 points in his
“We can’t put together a complete game,” Williams said. “I think the guys were
out there playing and fighting but we just couldn’t pull it together.”
Joe Johnson scored 15 points, Zaza Pachulia poured in 12 and Josh Childress
finished with 11 points in defeat.
Seven consecutive points by Darrick Martin — a running hook shot, a three-
pointer and a pair of free throws — put Toronto up 31-27 after one quarter of
In the second, the Hawks closed to within two, 44-42, when Johnson drained a
trey with 4:20 remaining. The Raptors then went on a 10-0 scamper capped by
Bosh’s driving layup for a 10-point edge with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Bosh also hit a running layup as time expired in the frame as Toronto went
into the locker room with a 58-48 lead.
A Claxton free throw cut Atlanta’s deficit to 66-60 early in the third, but
the Raptors maintained their advantage and went into the final quarter up
Toronto cruised to victory in the fourth while the Hawks never seriously
threatened and trailed by double digits for most of the quarter.
Atlanta finished 50 percent from the floor.
Toronto led the entire game…The Raptors extended their NBA-record to 647
games with at least one three-pointer…Shelden Williams ended with 10 points
and seven boards for Atlanta…Toronto shot 44 percent from three-point range
while the Hawks were 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc.