NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Toronto
(Friday, November 10th)
Final Score: Atlanta 111, Toronto 102
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson poured in 34 points and Josh Smith added a career-high 29, 20 in the second half, to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 111-102 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Atlanta has won its last four games after losing opening night at Philadelphia, and its 4-1 mark is the franchise's best since 1998-99.
"We've been working hard at both ends of the floor, letting the defense set up the offense," said Johnson. "It sure beats last year's slow start."
Chris Bosh scored 19, all but three in the second half, and ripped down 17 rebounds to pace the Raptors. Morris Peterson scored 18, and T.J. Ford contributed 17 and 11 assists for Toronto, which has lost two of three.
"Every time they had the ball they made a big shot or a big play," said Peterson of Johnson and Smith. "The first quarter killed us."
A Bosh jumper capped a 9-2 Toronto run to cut Atlanta's lead to 87-85 with 7:10 left in the game, but two three-pointers from Smith and another from Tyronn Lue salted the game away for the Hawks, pushing them out to a 100-89 lead with only 2:57 left.
Lue finished with 11 off an Atlanta bench that also saw Josh Childress add 16 points.
The Raptors came out running in the second half, cutting Atlanta's lead to three at 49-46 on a Radoslav Nesterovic layup with 10:09 left in the third quarter.
Atlanta responded, though, and a driving finger roll by Johnson pushed the Hawks back out to a 13-point lead, at 63-50 with 6:47 left in the third quarter. Atlanta led 77-70 after three quarters.
Bosh had a rough first half, shooting 1-for-8 for only three points. He scored Toronto's first basket of the game, but both Bosh and the Raptors were cold for the rest of the quarter, as Atlanta scored the game's next nine on the way to a 28-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Johnson had no such problems getting going for Atlanta, dropping 20 points in the first half that helped spot the Hawks out to a 47-38 halftime lead.
Atlanta failed to win its fourth game last season until December 13...Johnson already has three games of 30-plus points this season...Toronto extended its NBA-record streak of 619 straight games with at least one three-point shot made.
11/10 22:06:22 ET