The Atlanta Hawks needed to win Sunday night to keep pace with the Boston Celtics for home court in the first round of the playoffs, but Sunday night it was not going to happen as the Toronto Raptors offense was clicking and they routed the Hawks 102-86.
The Hawks offense could not get anything going from Joe Johnson who went 2-of-12 from the field and ended up with only seven points on the night. Josh Smith did have a good game for the Hawks with 26 points and Willie Green and Ivan Johnson both came off the bench to score 14 points apiece. As a team the Hawks only shot 40 percent.
As for the Raptors they blew open this game in the first half and particularly in the second quarter when they outscored the Hawks by 12 and then led by 14 points at the half. The Raptors offense was having their way and they ended up shooting 55 percent from the field and had six players score in double figures with DeMar DeRozan with a team-high with 23 points.
The loss for the Hawks puts them 1/2 game behind the Celtics for the No. 4 seed in the East.
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's NBA Basketball page.