NUMBERS DON'T LIE
RAPTORS 105 HAWKS 97
The "Fifty Wins" Edition
The Raptors got it done. Toronto defeated the Atlanta Hawks 105-97 on Wednesday to get their 50th win after putting up a dud against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. This sets a new franchise record for the Raptors and they still have eight games to play and potentially build on their win total for the season. The Atlanta Hawks were red-hot coming into the game, coming off a four-game win streak.
Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard - here are the numbers that you need to know:
50 Biggest number of the night. 50 wins, a new franchise record for these Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors set a franchise record with their 50th win of the season. Before tonight they were the only active franchise w/o a 50-win season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 31, 2016
40 Kyle Lowry had somewhat of a bounce back game after getting his elbow drained on Monday. Lowry played 40 minutes and finished with 17 pts (4/19 FG) 6 rebounds and 11 assists.
22 The Raptors had played an impressive three quarters and led by 22 at the end of the third. The Hawks did make a run at the start of the fourth and outscored the Raptors 30-16 in the final quarter but couldn't manage to gain a lead.
13 Terrence Ross made his return to the lineup and scored 13 points in 23 minutes of play.
19/9 Jonas Valanciunas played well for the Raptors scoring 19 pts (9/13) and grabbing 9 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
4 Atlanta had a four game winning streak end after tonight's loss to the Raptors. The Hawks now hold a 45-31 record and are in third place in the Eastern Conference.
18 Atlanta had 18 turnovers on the night to the Raptors 11. Toronto scored 25 points off of the 18 Atlanta turnovers.
10 Norm Powell, the most popular Raptor for the month of March, continued to shine for Raptors fans. He scored all 10 of his points in the third quarter to spark the Raptors to a 22-pt lead over the Hawks. He also had another impressive highlight:
Sweet crossover, better dunk. https://t.co/NIrbrph0ES— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 31, 2016
18 Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 18 points but only played 22 minutes.
Final Stat1 One Kyle Lowry hook shot. He took off the sleeve in the fourth quarter and hit the baby hook with just under two minutes to play. He'll be alright (let's hope.)
Kyle Lowry elbow check. pic.twitter.com/X6rzVxP8KD— Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) March 31, 2016
Oh, by the way if you haven't already checked out the sneak peek of issue #198 of Slam Magazine with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry & Drake on the cover, please check out the link here.
(photo via NBAE/Getty Images)
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