The Atlanta Hawks won their third game in a row and finished a five-game road trip with four wins after they defeated the Toronto Raptors by a score on 100-77 in Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. The Hawks now have a 16-6 record and are now ranked third in the Eastern Conference and second in the Southeast Division while the Raptors are now 7-15 and are 7-15 which puts them in 12th place in the conference and in the Atlantic Division.
The Hawks were led by Joe Johnson's 30 point performance in Toronto. Johnson went 13 for 18 and was plus-18 during the 30 minutes he was on the court. As for the rest of the starting line up, Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia and Marvin Williams each scored 10 and Josh Smith added seven. Tracy McGrady came off the bench to add 15 points while Willie Green scored seven, Ivan Johnson scored five and Jannero Pargo, Kirk Hinrich and Jerry Stackhouse each scored two points.
The Raptors were led by Jerryd Bayless' 14 points. Starters James Johnson and DeMar DeRozan each scored nine while Jose Calderon added six and Amir Johnson two. Ed Davis came off the bench to score 11 and Gary Forbes added 10. Linas Kleiza also scored seven while Rasual Butler added five and Leandro Barbosa added four.
The Hawks outscored the Raptors in every quarter but one, the third, as Atlanta's seventh-ranked offense and their seventh-ranked defense easily led the Hawks to their third straight win on the road.
The Hawks return home to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for the first game of a four-game homestand. Meanwhile the Raptors hit the road to take on the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.