Hawks Hit 15-Year High, Rout Raptors 146-115

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December 2, 2009

ATLANTA — Al Horford had 24 points to lead nine scorers in double figures and the Atlanta Hawks enjoyed their best offensive night in 16 years to beat the slumping Toronto Raptors 146-115 on Wednesday night.

The Hawks had their highest-scoring game since Jan. 30, 1993, when they beat Philadelphia 149-123. They had nine players in double figures for the first time since Dec. 4, 1987, against New Jersey.

Toronto's Chris Bosh, the NBA's No. 7 scorer at 25.2 points per game, had a season-low two points in only 16 minutes. Bosh sat out much of the first half with foul trouble and most of the second half after the Hawks led by more than 20 points. His only points came on two free throws in the third period.

DeMar DeRozan had 21 points and Marco Belinelli added 16 for Toronto.

The two points were Bosh's low total since scoring one point at Milwaukee on Nov. 6, 2007.

The Raptors suffered their fifth straight loss and fell to 0-4 in the second game of back-to-backs.

The Hawks enjoyed an easy win after losing three of their last four games. Eleven Atlanta players scored and Maurice Evans had nine points to narrowly miss giving the Hawks 10 players in double figures.

Josh Smith had 16 points, including 12 in the opening period, and four blocks. Marvin Williams added 15 points. Jamal Crawford had 16 points.

After they were outrebounded 53-27 in a 94-88 loss at Detroit on Sunday, the Hawks had 26 rebounds in just the first half against Toronto and claimed a 51-29 advantage for the game.

Atlanta, held below 90 points in its last three losses, enjoyed an offensive revival against the Raptors, who are next to last in the NBA with their average of 109.1 points allowed.

The Hawks stretched their lead by scoring 42 points in the second period, a season high for any period, for a 75-54 halftime lead. Atlanta kept on the pressure by adding 39 points in the third quarter.

Mike Bibby's three 3-pointers early in the first four minutes of the third quarter left each of the Hawks' starters in double figures.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson left his starters on the bench most of the final quarter.

There were eight ties in the first period before the Hawks warmed up for their big second quarter by closing the opening period with eight straight points.

Joe Smith scored the first two baskets of the second quarter to extend the Hawks' run to 12-0. Horford had two three-point plays while scoring 12 of the Hawks' 42 points in the second quarter. Williams added two 3-pointers.

Notes
The Raptors suffered their fifth straight road loss to fall to 2-9 away from Toronto. … Bosh, who leads the NBA with 16 double-doubles, had no points and three rebounds while picking up three fouls in the first half. … Atlanta's 75 points and 60.5 percent shooting from the field in the first half set season highs. … Joe Johnson set a season high with 11 assists.

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