Game Review: Raptors vs Hawks


Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)

The Hawks definitely had the advantage coming out of the gates, led by Kent Bazemore's 5 points. Miles Plumlee and Tyler Dorsey combined for 10 in favor of Atlanta as they led the Raptors. Toronto fought back later in the quarter as DeMar DeRozan's 7 points charged up the team. Starting his second game in the NBA, the sharpshooting Malcolm Miller dropped 5 points in the quarter. Toronto trailed 27-28 after one.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 5 points in the quarter, while Pascal Siakam dropped 4. The Raptors played great offense in the quarter as they tallied up 8 assists. With around 11:36 on the clock, Fred VanVleet and Siakam ran the pick and roll to perfection. VanVleet then threw Siakam an alley-oop, who flushed it down with one hand. It was almost as if the ball was magnetic and flew right to Pascal's hand. This dunk lit up the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors were behind 50-51 heading into halftime.

The Raptors and the Hawks both scored 30 points in the quarter, but it was Toronto who had the momentum going in their direction. DeRozan was unstoppable in the quarter with 12 points, and JV was a force to be reckoned with as he tortured the inside defense with 8 points. Atlanta's Dennis Schröder scored 6 points in the period. The Raptors trailed by 1 going into the 4th quarter, the score set at 76-77.

Toronto absolutely dominated the 4th quarter as they outscored the Hawks 30-13. C.J. Miles had 8 points, while Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright both had 6 points. The Raptors locked up the Hawks on defense, containing them to only 13 points scored. This was one of Toronto's most efficient quarters of the season. With about 6:15 left in the game, Jakob rejected Mike Muscala's dunk attempt. His fierce rejection hyped up the crowd, and basically sealed the game. The Toronto Raptors win their 5th straight as they defeat the Atlanta Hawks 106-90.

6ix Best:
DeMar DeRozan: 25pts, 4 rebounds, 12/14 FTM (Free Throws Made)
Jonas Valanciunas: 15pts, 7 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 14pts, 7 rebounds, +/- 22
Serge Ibaka: 10pts, 6 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 4pts, 7 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 6pts, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks

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