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Hawks vs. Raptors – NBA Game Recap – 15 January 2023

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TORONTO — — Trae Young scored 29 points, Dejounte Murray had 27 and the Atlanta Hawks never trailed in a 114-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

“We just need to proceed to grow and recuperate, game by game,” Young said. “It’s not going to be great every night, but we’ll definitely have nights like tonight where we are able to control the sport and take over when we want to.”

Onyeka Okongwu had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and AJ Griffin got here off the bench to attain 13 because the Hawks won for the third time in 4 games after losing five of their previous six. Atlanta won at Indiana on Friday on a last-second basket by John Collins.

“This might be our greatest road trip,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “I understand it’s only two games, but to enter Indiana and win there, and Toronto is at all times a troublesome place to play on a back-to-back.”

Ninth-place Atlanta got here in a single game ahead of Tenth-place Toronto within the Eastern Conference standings. The Hawks snapped a three-game road losing streak north of the border to win the third and final regular-season meeting between the teams and take the series 2-1.

“It’s necessary,” Young said. “I feel that they had that of their minds, too. Each teams, we obviously understand where we’re at right away and the way close the race is. Starting the second half, you need to win these tiebreakers.”

Scottie Barnes led Toronto with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam scored 15 points before fouling out because the Raptors finished a season-long six-game homestand at 3-3.

“We’ve got an extended strategy to go along with some consistency,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

O.G. Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa each scored 14 points, and Chris Boucher had 13, but Toronto couldn’t extend its season-high three-game winning streak.

Raptors guard Fred VanVleet shot 1 for 9 and finished with three points, while fellow starting guard Gary Trent Jr. shot 2 for 7 and scored seven points. The pair went 1 for 8 from 3-point range. Trent didn’t play within the fourth quarter, while VanVleet got here on after Siakam departed.

Boucher made a 3-pointer with 3:14 left within the fourth quarter, cutting it to 107-100, but Siakam fouled out attempting to stop a driving Young on the subsequent possession. Young made each free throws, putting Atlanta up nine with 2:48 remaining.

Atlanta jumped out to a 20-3 lead as Toronto missed 12 of its first 13 field goal attempts, however the Raptors responded by making eight of their next 10. The Hawks led 34-25 after one.

“We were able to play,” Murray said. “We desired to play and we desired to win.”

Young and Murray combined for 16 points and 6 assists within the second and Atlanta led 69-57 on the half. The Hawks took a 96-79 result in the fourth.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Young had nine assists. … Murray had eight rebounds and 6 assists. … Collins and De’Andre Hunter each scored 11 points. … G Bogdan Bogdanovic (left quad) was out. …C Clint Capela (right calf) missed his Tenth consecutive game.

Raptors: Play 10 of the subsequent 12 on the road, where they’re 5-13. … VanVleet shot 0 for six and was scoreless in the primary half. … Shot 7 for 29 from 3-point range.

FAMILY MATTERS

For the second time in three meetings, Hawks rookie AJ Griffin got the very best of his father, Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin.

“I wanted him to get that household tiebreaker of course,” Young joked.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host Miami on Monday night.

Raptors: Visit Recent York on Monday night.

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