NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (13-36) at Atlanta Hawks (30-18), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The slumping Toronto Raptors hope to avoid a 13th straight setback Wednesday when they visit Dixie to take on a tough Atlanta Hawks team.
Indiana's Roy Hibbert netted 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the a Pacers give interim coach Frank Vogel his first win at the helm on Monday during a 104-93 triumph over Toronto. Vogel replaced head coach Jim O'Brien, who was fired on Sunday.
The Raptors fell again despite seeing seven players in double figures. Amir Johnson led Toronto with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Ed Davis and Jose Calderon each had 13 points in the loss.
"I think we played pretty well defensively. We just missed a couple of shots down the stretch," Johnson said. "It was good effort tonight and we just came up short."
Sonny Weems, Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless also reached double-digits point totals in the loss.
Toronto, which hasn't lost 13 straight since Feb. 12-March 7, 2002, has also dropped eight consecutive road contests. Meanwhile, the team's flight after the game against the Pacers was canceled due to a severe snowstorm and the club was forced to spend an extra night in Indianapolis.
Things are much rosier in Atlanta although the Hawks are coming off a 102-91 loss in Dallas on Saturday. Joe Johnson scored 27 points in that one to lead the Hawks, who have lost three of their last five. Josh Smith added 17 points in defeat and Jamal Crawford scored 11 as a reserve.
"I thought the game was going great until the start of the fourth quarter," Johnson said. "It got out of hand early and we never recouped from it."
Atlanta played without forward Marvin Williams, who was suspended two games for fighting with Knicks forward Shawne Williams during a game last Friday. Smith, meanwhile, was fined $25,000 by the NBA earlier Sunday for making an obscene gesture in the same game.
The Hawks, who have won 12 of their past 14 games on their home floor, have won nine of the last 11 with the Raptors, including two meetings so far this season. A win tonight and Atlanta will sweep the season series against Toronto for the first time since 1998-99 campaign.
Toronto is winless in its last five trips to Atlanta.
02/02 11:15:12 ET