DeRozan scores 25, Raptors beat Hawks 106-90
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 07, 2018 10:35 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 15: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors is seen during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 15, 2017 during Game One of Round One of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-90 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) for their fifth straight win.
C.J. Miles added 14 points, and Delon Wright and Serge Ibaka each had 10 as the Eastern Conference leaders won for the 12th time in 13 games and completed their first season sweep of the Hawks since 2001-02.
The Raptors are 27-5 at home, the best record in the NBA. Toronto, which trailed by one to begin the fourth quarter, improved to 4-16 when behind through three.
Toronto outscored Atlanta 30-13 in the fourth. The Hawks shot 6-for-18 in the quarter and committed eight turnvoers.
Kent Bazemore and John Collins each scored 15 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the Hawks lost for the sixth time in eight games.
The Hawks are 5-26 on the road.
Atlanta trailed 88-85 after a basket by Collins with 6:43 remaining, but Wright sandwiched baskets around a long three-pointer by Miles as the Raptors took a 95-85 lead with 4:15 to go. After a Hawks timeout, Toronto's Jakob Poeltl scored back-to-back baskets to put the Raptors up 99-85.
Miles Plumlee scored six points in the first and the Hawks led 28-27 after one. The Raptors made 8-of-22 field goal attempts in the first.
Lowry and DeRozan each picked up technical fouls in the final 35 seconds of the first half, with Lowry penalized for his angry outburst after being called for fouling Mike Muscala. Muscala made four free throws to give Atlanta a 51-50 lead at halftime.
DeRozan had 12 points in the third, half of them at the free throw line, but Atlanta scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 77-76 edge into the fourth.
Hawks: Bazemore returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) win over Phoenix. ... The Hawks made 22 turnovers, leading to 25 points for Toronto. Atlanta's season high in turnovers is 24, set in a Nov. 11 (Nov. 12, PHL time) loss at Washington.
Raptors: F OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his third straight game, with Malcolm Miller making his second start in Anunoby's place. ... Toronto signed F Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract. Hayes averaged 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 38 games with Westchester in the G League. ... DeRozan shot 12-for-14 at the free throw line.
Hawks: Visit Indiana on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Raptors: Visit Detroit on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Toronto has won four straight meetings.