Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/16

Game 1: Monday, January 16th
Raptors84Final
Hawks93
Game 2: Tuesday, January 31st
Hawks100Final
Raptors77
Game 3: Sunday, April 15th
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Hawks86
Game 4: Monday, April 16th
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Raptors87

Raptors 102

(22-39, 10-20 away)

Hawks 86

(35-25, 19-9 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    6:00 PM ET, April 15, 2012

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 25 28 20 29102
    ATL 23 16 25 2286

    Top Performers

    Tor: D. DeRozan 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: J. Smith 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    DeMar DeRozan notches 23 as short-handed Raptors handle Hawks

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- Long out of the playoff race, the Toronto Raptors are now playing the role of spoilers.

    DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and the injury-riddled Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-86 on Sunday night for their second straight win over a playoff-bound team.

    Toronto coach Dwane Casey couldn't explain when asked how his team was managing to win now with three players on 10-day contracts while stars Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless are on the injury list.

    "Believe me, if I knew I'd bottle it and we would've been doing it earlier in the year," Casey said. "Guys are just playing the right way, playing together, playing with a purpose. You've got guys who don't want to go down without a fight."

    Alan Anderson added 16 points for the Raptors, who were coming off an 84-79 win against Boston on Friday. Ben Uzoh and rookie Justin Dentmon scored 10 points each. Anderson, Uzoh and Dentmon all have 10-day contracts that will expire Monday, when the teams play in Toronto.

    Toronto, which shot 55 percent (41 for 74) from the field, never trailed and dealt Atlanta a big blow in its bid to get the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

    "Very flat," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "The energy level was very low."

    Josh Smith scored 12 of his 26 points in the first quarter for the Hawks, who routed the Magic 109-81 Friday for their fourth win in five games.

    Anderson, a former Michigan State star who played with the Bobcats in 2005-06, spent several seasons in Europe before averaging 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while with the D-League's Canton Charge prior to his Toronto callup.

    He looked comfortable in the first half when he scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3 for 3 on 3-pointers. He made two 3s in the final minutes of the second quarter as Toronto closed the first half with a 12-2 run.

    Anderson is averaging 8.4 points while shooting 44 percent and 51.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

    "Coach keeps saying, 'Make the extra pass; share the ball.' We're passing up good shots for great shots," Anderson said. "Everybody wants to stay in the NBA."

    Trailing by 14 at halftime, Atlanta opened the third quarter with a 15-6 run to pull to 59-54 on Kirk Hinrich's layup with 6:29 left in the period. However, Toronto scored the next seven points -- five by DeRozan -- and the Hawks never got closer than seven points again.

    James Johnson's 20-foot jumper gave Toronto its biggest lead, 94-70, with 4:22 left in the game. He finished with 15 points for the Raptors, who also got 10 points from reserve forward Ed Davis.

    Ivan Johnson had 14 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta, and Willie Green also scored 14.

    "I think this is a game we need to think about," Green said. "We're supposed to be getting prepared for a playoff run. It was a letdown tonight on our part."

    The Hawks (35-25) are tied with the Magic for the No. 5 spot in the East, and Atlanta owns the tiebreaker.

    Boston is one-half game up at No. 4, but if the Celtics and Hawks end up tied, Boston will get the nod by virtue of winning its division and winning the season series against Atlanta.

    The third-place Pacers are three games ahead of the Hawks.

    Toronto made 20 of 34 shots (59 percent) in the first half on the way to a 53-39 lead. DeRozan had 15 points in the half, and Anderson added 14.

    Atlanta was at 34 percent (14 for 41), with Smith accounting for half of the made shots at 7 for 12. All-Star guard Joe Johnson was just 1 for 8 before finishing with seven points on 2-for-12 shooting.

    Game notes


    The Hawks were missing their top two centers -- Al Horford (torn pectoral muscle) and Zaza Pachulia (sprained left foot) -- and backup Jason Collins contributed just one point and one rebound in five-plus minutes. Atlanta was outscored 46-28 in the paint.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    ATL
    Points 102 86
    FGM-FGA 41-74 (.554) 29-72 (.403)
    3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 5-22 (.227)
    FTM-FTA 16-23 (.696) 23-31 (.742)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-39 8-35
    Assists 16 21
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 14 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 24 0

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Atlanta
    DeMar DeRozan DeRozan
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 26
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2