Lowry becomes Raptors' all-time assists leader in win over Hawks
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
TORONTO RAPTORS 130 - ATLANTA HAWKS 114 FINAL
Toronto, ON – Raptors guard Kyle Lowry made history on Tuesday night, becoming Toronto’s all-time assists leader in a 130-114 victory over the Hawks. It’s the Raptors’ eighth straight win.
Lowry passed Jose Calderon with assists on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter to set the new franchise record with 3,772. He finished the game with 12 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds.
He was mobbed by his teammates on the bench after it was announced inside Scotiabank Arena, and even shared a special moment with Hawks forward and former Raptor Vince Carter.
Hawks centre John Collins led Atlanta with 28 points and 12 rebounds, followed by guards Cam Reddish and Trae Young who each scored 18 points.
Toronto forward Pascal Siakam and centre Serge Ibaka both led the Raptors with 24 points.
Before tipoff, the Raptors had a video tribute and held a moment of silence for 24 seconds to honour NBA great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the seven others that passed away in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.
It was a tight game early in the opening quarter, with Toronto up 11-10 before they went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead.
Shortly after, Raptors centre Marc Gasol walked around his defender before driving the lane for the one-handed slam dunk to put Toronto up 21-15.
Gasol left in the third quarter with left hamstring tightness and did not return. For Gasol, it’s the same hamstring that caused him to miss 12 games earlier in the season.
Former Raptor Vince Carter scored his first points of the game with one-minute left in the quarter and received some loud cheers from the Toronto crowd.
After one, Toronto led by ten points at 33-23.
The Raptors also had a video tribute for Carter in between quarters, and once again received a big response from the fans.
Toronto had an 8-0 run early in the second quarter to extend their lead to 41-26. At 15 points, it was their largest lead of the game up until that point.
Carter had a hot start to the quarter with ten points and two rebounds in six minutes.
Ibaka took a nice pass from Lowry before going in for the dunk to make it 65-53 near the end of the second quarter.
Toronto led by as much as 17 points in the quarter, but Atlanta trimmed it down to just eight points. The Raptors opened the lead up once again, as they led 68-56 at the half.
Collins led his team with 20 points at the half, while teammate Trae Young had just six points through two quarters.
For Toronto, Ibaka led the team at the half with 15 points off the bench.
Collins had a big dunk for the Hawks after a nice pass from the baseline from Young in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but the Raptors quickly responded. Toronto forward Pascal Siakam had a thunderous dunk to make it 70-58, resulting in an Atlanta timeout.
Midway through the third quarter, Siakam had a nice layup after a great spin move. He followed that up with another bucket after a great pass from Lowry from his own end to put the Raptors up by 18 points at 88-70.
After three quarters, the Raptors led 97-83.
The Hawks tried to claw their way back into the game but couldn’t close the gap as the Raptors finished with the 130-114 victory.
Next up for Toronto is a visit to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Thursday night.