The Toronto Raptors produced a second-half comeback to down the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. How did everyone grade in the game?
Fresh off a win against the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors were back in action on the road to the Atlanta Hawks, who came into the game having played only one night earlier in a loss to Detroit Pistons.
Sometimes, playing on the second night of a back-to-back can be teams undoing – especially younger teams – but the Atlanta Hawks were game and ready to take on the Raptors. Led by Trae Young, the Hawks rallied ahead in the first half and got out to a nine-point lead courtesy of a 34-point second quarter to bust the doors open.
Nick Nurse’s Raptors have had a penchant for turning the juice on in the second half. They did so once again and came out fighting in the second half, outscoring the Hawks by 12 points – enough to erase the nine-point deficit and turn it into a three-point win.
With Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Norman Powell all putting up 20-plus points, the Raptors were able to claw their way back into the game, even when their defense proved to be less than satisfactory at times. The Raptors gave up 58 points in the paint and turned the ball over 17 times, but their ability to crash the boards in this game was enough to tip them over the edge.
Next, all eyes move towards Monday night, where the Raptors will take on the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time since they eliminated the Sixers from the playoffs last season.
For now, all eyes momentarily stick with us as we look at how everyone graded against the Hawks.