Bosh leads Raptors over Hawks
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 24 points and 10 rebounds, as
the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors downed the Atlanta Hawks,
103-91, at Philips Arena.
Morris Peterson netted 21 points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won
five of their last six and are 9-16 as the visitor this season. Jose Calderon
scored 14 points, Anthony Parker and Radoslav Nesterovic both had 12, and
Andrea Bargnani netted 11. T.J. Ford dished out 10 assists
“Their quickness gave us a lot of trouble, but I think we got some stops,”
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.
Joe Johnson scored 28 points for the Hawks, who wrapped up a split four-game
homestand and are 9-13 at Philips Arena this season. Josh Smith posted 26
points and 12 rebounds, while Marvin Williams, Josh Childress and Zaza
Pachulia each had 11 points.
“I thought we played better the second half, and we were able to get back in
the game because we defended and rebounded the ball,” Atlanta coach Mike
With Toronto holding a one-point advantage just over three minutes into the
game, the Raptors went on a 7-0 spurt sparked by a pair of Parker free throws
with 8:34 left. They staked a 10-point lead, 31-21, heading into the second
The Raptors bolstered that lead early in the second when they took off on a
9-0 run capped by a Ford layup with 7:24 to go. They outscored the Hawks by
seven in the quarter to take a 63-46 lead into the locker room.
Atlanta cut its deficit by five in the third to trail 84-72 heading into the
fourth. The Hawks cut it to seven twice early in the fourth, but never got
“They jumped on us early,” Smith said. “We tried to make a run for it in the
third. We were playing well, we just couldn’t cut it past eight.”
Friday’s showdown between Toronto and Atlanta was the fourth and final meeting
of the season between the squads with the season series ending in a split, but
Toronto has won seven of 10 and eight of the last 12 meetings…The Raptors
have won six of their last eight trips to Atlanta…After missing the previous
11 games, Hawks guard Speedy Claxton (sore left knee) returned to notch two
points, two assists and two rebounds.