Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DeRozan's 25 Points Leads Raptors to Ugly 106-90 Win over Lowly Hawks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DeRozan's 25 Points Leads Raptors to Ugly 106-90 Win over Lowly Hawks

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DeRozan leads Raptors to ugly 106-90 win


TORONTO - Maybe it was a wake-up call, or a lesson that needed to be taught. In either case, the lowly Atlanta Hawks put a scare into the Toronto Raptors.

DeMar DeRozan had 25 points as Toronto rode a late fourth-quarter surge in a 106-90 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night for the Raptors' fifth-straight win.

Although ugly, it increased Toronto's lead in the Eastern Conference to two games over the idle Boston Celtics. The win also underscored that the Raptors have to play hard for a full four quarters, even if it's against a team like the Hawks, who entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA.

"Look at film. Look at the mistakes. Look at the things we did wrong. Understand what's our flaws at the beginning of the game," said DeRozan when asked what he and his teammates could learn from the game.

"Overall, we just need to understand that no matter who we play against, teams that aren't going to the playoffs, whoever we play against, we're going to get their best shot. We've got to understand that."

All-star point guard Kyle Lowry was limited offensively, scoring four but adding seven assists as the Raptors (46-17) trailed for most of the game. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Kent Basemore led Atlanta (20-45) with 14 points. John Collins added 14, while Dewayne Dedmon had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In the first two quarters, the Raptors shot 35.4 per cent from field-goal range and 33.3 per cent from beyond the arc. The Hawks were better, with 47.4 per cent field-goal shooting and 45.5 per cent from three. Atlanta had 11 turnovers to Toronto's seven. Mike Muscala made a quartet of free throws -- two on technical fouls charged to DeRozan and Lowry -- in the final minute of the second quarter to give Atlanta a 51-50 lead at half. …

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