Raptors late blast downs Hawks
The Toronto Raptors finally pulled away from the struggling Atlanta Hawks in the final frame, as the hosts defeated the visitors from Georgia 106-90 Tuesday evening at the Air Canada Centre.
Leading the way for the Raptors was DeMar DeRozan, as the 28-year-old shooting guard from Compton, California had a game-high 25 points, while pulling down three rebounds and passing out four assists for the contest.
Toronto scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and held the Hawks to only 13 points in the frame.
The Raptors are currently on a five-game winning streak and have won nine of their past 10 contests.
The hosts have a record of 46-17 on the season and continue to hold first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
Toronto is up two games on the Boston Celtics, as the two squads battle it out for the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Kent Bazemore led the way for the Hawks in defeat, as the 28-year-old shooting guard from Kelford, North Carolina had a team-high 14 points, while grabbing a rebound and dishing out five assists for the game.
This was the first season sweep of the Hawks by the Raptors since the 2001-2002 season.
Atlanta now head down to Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers on Friday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Meanwhile, Toronto make the short trip now to Michigan to square off with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
The Raptiors are 4999/1 to win the Eastern Conference and 4999/1 to triumph in the NBA Finals.
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