NBA Game Recap - Toronto at Atlanta
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:30 PM EST

DET
100
WAS
106
F
TOR
122
ATL
117
F
PHI
117
BKN
111
F
ORL
106
CHA
83
F
NO
126
MEM
116
F
CHI
98
MIL
111
F
SAC
113
MIA
118
F(OT)
OKC
112
HOU
107
F
NY
106
CLE
86
F
LAL
107
BOS
139
F
DEN
107
MIN
100
F
IND
88
UTA
118
F
SA
120
PHO
118
F
GS
124
POR
129
F(OT)

Toronto 122, Atlanta 117

Jan 20, 2020, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Toronto (29-14)

36

21

26

39

122

Atlanta (10-34)

25

35

22

35

117

Powell's big 4th quarter leads Raptors past Hawks, 122-117
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:44 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Norman Powell says nothing has changed, even though he's in the best streak of his highest-scoring season.

It may feel normal to the Toronto Raptors' sixth man. The results definitely look different.

Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta's late charge to beat the Hawks 122-117 on Monday.

Trae Young had 42 points and season-high 15 assists for Atlanta.

Powell has scored 20 or more points in five straight games, the longest stretch of his career. He is averaging 15.8 points per game. The previous best mark of his five-year career was 8.6 last season.

"I'm just taking the same shots I've been taking," Powell said after Toronto's fourth straight win. "I have confidence in my game, confidence in my shot."

The high-scoring streak came after Powell missed 11 games with a left shoulder injury.

Toronto led 112-91 before surviving a late comeback by the Hawks, who pulled within two points at 117-115. Fred VanVleet, who had 20 points, sank three free throws with 14.2 seconds remaining after he was fouled by John Collins, pushing the lead to five.

Powell had only 10 points through three quarters before finding his 3-point range in the final period to lead Toronto's productive second unit.

"It was just him being him," Young said of Powell. "He's a great scorer. ... It's tough when he gets going."

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said the best strategy against Powell was "don't let him touch it."

The backups were on the floor when Toronto made its comeback in the third quarter and remained in the game for most of the final period.

"The second unit came in and did a great job," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "They took a big deficit to a really big lead. We needed it all at the end."

Young's four-point play cut Toronto's lead to 114-107 with 1:39 remaining. Collins' layup reduced the deficit to two points.

Powell made three straight 3s to lead the Raptors' decisive surge early in the final period. After Serge Ibaka added a 3, Powell continued his hot streak with another long-range shot, this one a 27-footer.

Powell made 6 of 9 3s.

"He was dialed in there, for sure," Nurse said.

Pascal Siakam scored 18 points for the Raptors.

Toronto scored the first nine points and quickly stretched the lead to 12 points, at 34-22, in the first period. But this would not be a runaway for the defending NBA champions.

Atlanta outscored Toronto 35-21 in the second period to lead 60-57 at halftime and then opened strong in the second half. The Hawks stretched the advantage to nine points, 70-61, on a 3-pointer by Cam Reddish.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto hasn't settled on its starting five, even after VanVleet's second game of his return after missing five games with a hamstring injury. "I think it's going to be in constant shuffle the rest of the season," Nurse said. "A lot of guys are worthy." ... Excluding Powell, the Raptors made only 7 of 33 3-pointers (21%).

Hawks: Vince Carter made two shots - both 3s - against his former team. ... C Alex Len (lower back pain) missed his fourth straight game but is expected to be available on Wednesday against the Clippers. ... After making only 1 of 7 field goals and scoring only two points in Saturday's 136-103 loss to Detroit, Kevin Huerter had nine points while making only 3 of 12 shots. ... Young had seven turnovers.

HONORING KING

Pierce said the holiday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is special to Atlanta, King's hometown. "The significance of the day here in Atlanta goes without saying," Pierce said, adding King is "the most important figure in the history of our city." Nurse said he hopes young players use the day to learn more about King. "Hopefully this is an educational day for them," Nurse said.

BIG TURNOUT

A postgame concert by Grammy Award-winning Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae helped draw a sellout crowd of 17,300.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Return to Toronto to face Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Hawks: Host the Clippers on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Toronto PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Powell 27 10 1 1 2 0
F. VanVleet 20 -6 2 4 3 0
Atlanta PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Goodwin 0 3 0 1 0 0
D. Jones 0 -13 0 1 2 1

Team Comparison

TOR ATL
Points For 122 117
Field Goals 38/92-41% 41/83-49%
Three Pointers 13/42-31% 12/33-36%
Free Throws 33/43-77% 23/33-70%
Offensive Rebounds 12 9
Defensive Rebounds 33 41
Rebounds 55 61
Blocks 3 8
Steals 13 9
Turnovers 14 23
Points Scored Off Turnovers 33 19
Points in the Paint 50 56
Fast Break Points 15 6
Personal Fouls 25 34
Technical Fouls 1 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - TOR Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 23 TOR 119 @ ATL 116 M. Gasol 3 E. Turner 4
Mon Jan 20 TOR 122 @ ATL 117 P. McCaw 2 J. Teague 2

Game Information

Stadium: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 17,300
Game Time: 2:34