Lowry scores 25 as Raptors beat Hawks 96-86

Associated PressMarch 24, 2014 

Hawks Raptors Basketball

Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (4) steals the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

NATHAN DENETTE — AP

TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-86 on Sunday.

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Greivis Vasquez had 12 and Terrence Ross 10 as the Raptors avoided their first three-game home losing streak since dropping games against Brooklyn, Miami and Denver between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1. Toronto fell in double overtime to Oklahoma City on Friday and lost to Phoenix last Sunday.

Lowry, who had 13 points as Toronto erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, has scored 19 points or more in a career-high nine consecutive games.

DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap each scored 17 as the Hawks lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak.

Jeff Teague had 16 points and Pero Antic had 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which failed to win a third straight road game after losing its previous 10 away from home.

The Hawks led 74-60 after Dennis Schroder converted a three-point play to begin the fourth, giving the Hawks their biggest lead of the game at that point. But Toronto roared back with a 13-0 run including 3-pointers from DeRozan, Lowry and Nando DeColo, his first field goal since joining the Raptors in a Feb. 20 trade with San Antonio, making it 74-73 at 7:32.

Teague stopped Toronto's run with a three-point play and, after a basket by Chuck Hayes, Shelvin Mack scored to make it 79-75. Ross was fouled on a jump shot but missed his free throw, which Amir Johnson tipped in to tie it at 79 with 5:21 left.

A 3 by Millsap gave the Hawks an 84-81 lead at 3:52, but Lowry and DeRozan each hit jump shots and Valanciunas made a pair of free throws as Toronto took an 87-84 lead with 2:01 remaining.

DeRozan pushed the lead to five with two free throws, Mack answered with a jumper, but Lowry sealed by making a jump hook, then stealing Antic's inbounds pass and streaking in for a fast-break layup, making it 93-86 with 39 seconds left.

Lowry capped it with his third 3 of the game with 11 seconds left.

Toronto started poorly, finishing the first quarter with more turnovers (seven) than made baskets (five). The Raptors conceded eight points off turnovers and missed 13 of 18 shot attempts, while Carroll scored 12 points to give the Hawks a 25-16 lead after one.

Toronto shot better and cut down on its turnovers in the second, getting six points each from Vasquez and Lowry. But Millsap scored 11 points for Atlanta, which led 49-42 at halftime.

Schroder hit a 3 and Mike Scott scored back-to-back baskets in the final minute of the third as Atlanta took a 71-60 lead into the fourth.

Notes: Atlanta G Kyle Korver (back spasms) missed his second straight game. ... The Raptors won their 21st home game of the season, matching last year's total with six games still to play. ... Toronto FC and Brazilian national team goalkeeper Julio Cesar attended the game.

ATLANTA (86)

Carroll 7-13 2-5 17, Millsap 7-16 1-2 17, Antic 1-6 2-2 4, Teague 5-13 5-5 16, Mack 3-7 1-1 7, Brand 3-3 1-2 7, Williams 1-3 2-2 4, Scott 4-9 0-0 8, Schroder 2-6 1-1 6. Totals 33-76 15-20 86.

TORONTO (96)

Ross 4-14 0-1 10, Johnson 3-7 0-0 6, Valanciunas 2-4 9-10 13, Lowry 9-17 4-7 25, DeRozan 8-18 3-4 21, Hansbrough 0-1 2-4 2, Vasquez 5-13 2-2 12, Salmons 0-1 0-0 0, Novak 0-0 0-0 0, De Colo 1-2 0-0 3, Hayes 2-3 0-0 4, Fields 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-80 20-28 96.

Atlanta 25 24 22 15--86

Toronto 16 26 18 36--96

3-Point Goals--Atlanta 5-20 (Millsap 2-4, Carroll 1-2, Schroder 1-2, Teague 1-3, Mack 0-2, Williams 0-2, Antic 0-5), Toronto 8-24 (Lowry 3-7, DeRozan 2-3, Ross 2-8, De Colo 1-1, Vasquez 0-5). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Atlanta 46 (Antic 10), Toronto 56 (Valanciunas 13). Assists--Atlanta 17 (Teague 5), Toronto 17 (Vasquez 5). Total Fouls--Atlanta 19, Toronto 19. A--18,140 (19,800).

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