RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap - Atlanta Hawks 100 - Toronto Raptors 77


- Despite a somewhat promising opening quarter, the Dinos faltered in the second quarter and found themselves down by 19 points at the half. The large deficit would prove to be too large, as the Raptors were unable to get back into the game in subsequent quarters.

- The Raptors offense struggled once again without their leading scorer. The Dinos shot just 37% from the floor and 20% from beyond the arc. The Raps compounded their shooting struggles by taking very poor care of the basketball-as a result the team turned the ball over 19 times which lead to 27 Hawk points.

-Defense was also an adventure for the Raptors on this night. The Hawks were allowed to do pretty much anything they wished against the Raptors porous D; The Hawks shot a whopping 51% from the floor which included a number of easy buckets in the paint.

- Joe Johnson, a notorious Raptor killer, led all scorers with 30 points, while former Raptors Tracy McGrady added 15 off of the bench. Hawks starters Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams and Jeff Teague added to their balanced offensive attack, all scoring in double figures with 10

- On the Raptors' side of things there weren't many bright spots; however, Ed Davis' 11 rebound, 9 point night does standout. In addition Gary Forbes had another impressive outing, scoring 10 points in 16 minutes, albeit largely during garbage time.

- Leandro Barbosa returned to the lineup, but was ineffective; Barbosa netted just 4 points in 17 minutes of work. Likewise, DeMar DeRozan was also ineffective; despite coming off of an impressive 27 point performance against the Nets on Sunday, DeRozan mustered just 9 points on on 3 of 9 shooting against the Hawks.

- The Dinos are going to have to shake this one off quickly as they head into Boston for a matchup with the Celtics tomorrow night.

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