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Raptors Vs. Hawks Score: Atlanta Delivers Lackluster Half, Trail Toronto 53-49

The Atlanta Hawks have gotten off to a tough start and trail the Toronto Raptors 53-49 at halftime. The Hawks have had a difficult time finding a rhythm at either end of the floor and the result is a Raptors team that is looking more and more comfortable.

Josh Smith showed up offensively for the Hawks in the first half but besides Ivan Johnson didn't get much help from anyone else. Smith has 14 points on 7-12 shooting and has four rebounds. Ivan Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed five boards off the bench in just 16 minutes of action. Vladimir Radmanovic added five points off the bench and Joe Johnson has four on 1-8 shooting in the first half. Jeff Teague and Kirk Hinrich were held scoreless.

Toronto shot a blistering 59 percent in the first half which can pretty much sum up Atlanta's defensive effort. DeMar DeRozan leads all scorers with 15 points at the break while Alan Anderson has 14. Toronto out rebounded Atlanta 26-19 in the first-half.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Rators fans should visit Raptors HQ. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation'sNBA Basketball page.

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