NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Atlanta
(Friday, November 7th)
Final Score: Atlanta 110, Toronto 92
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby led a balanced attack with 19 points and the Atlanta Hawks stayed unbeaten on the young season with a 110-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena.
Bibby scored all of his points, including five triples, in the first half while dishing out 12 assists and Joe Johnson collected 17 points, seven rebounds and six helpers for the Hawks, who take their 4-0 ledger to the road for the next four games. Atlanta is off to its best start since going 11-0 to open the 1997-98 campaign.
The Hawks had five players in double figures with Flip Murray (16), Maurice Evans (15) and Marvin Williams (14) each contributing to the win.
"I think right now we're playing really well together," Murray said. "I think we're starting to click. We've got a long road trip right now and we've got to take care of Oklahoma City on Sunday."
It wasn't all roses for the Hawks as forward Josh Smith left the game in the first quarter with a high left ankle sprain. Smith went up for a block on a jumper from Toronto's Jermaine O'Neal with 56.1 seconds left in the first and came down awkwardly. He visited the bench before heading to the locker room and is expected to miss an estimated 2-to-4 weeks with the injury.
Chris Bosh led all scorers with 26 and grabbed eight boards while Jose Calderon posted a dozen assists and a pair of threes for the Raptors, who dropped their second straight after starting the year 3-0.
"They shot the ball good, beat us off the dribble, stayed in the paint and got some fast break opportunities," Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell said. "Maybe it's just one of those games -- they shot the ball extremely well."
Atlanta never trailed in the contest and outscored Toronto 62-50 through the first two quarters. The Hawks held a 14-point advantage to open the final quarter and stretched that lead to 24 with a little over five minutes remaining before Toronto put together a late run to make the game respectable.
The Raptors kicked off a three-game road trip Friday and next visits Charlotte Sunday...Toronto went 2-1 against the Hawks last year and has won four of the past six matchups in this series...O'Neal had 17 points and three blocks for Toronto...Atlanta heads to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder Sunday.
11/07 23:29:10 ET