From NBA.com: The Toronto Raptors haven’t played this well before the All-Star break since Chris Bosh’s final season north of the border, but in no way does that mean they’re satisfied.
They’ll look to head into the long weekend on a positive note by ending a five-game home losing streak to the struggling Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Toronto (27-25) leads the Atlantic Division by three games and is enjoying its best run before the break since going 29-23 in 2009-10. It is coming off a 108-101 home victory over New Orleans on Monday after dropping three of four to end a five-game road trip.
Patrick Patterson – starting in place of the injured Amir Johnson – scored a season-high 22 points, while Kyle Lowry added 19 and 12 assists.
Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Patrick Patterson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)
Raptors: Amir Johnson – Sore right ankle (day-to-day),
Hawks: Al Horford – Right pectoral muscle surgery (out), John Jenkins – Lower back surgery (out), Pero Antic – Stress fracture, right ankle (out)
By The Numbers: Raptors vs. Hawks
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Last Time They Met: Raptors 95, Hawks 102 – Nov. 1, 2013