Toronto Raptors demolish the Atlanta Hawks in a blowout 139-109 victory

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

In by far the best game of the season, the Toronto Raptors destroyed the Atlanta Hawks due to second-half domination, winning by a score of 139-109. This is a very good sign from a team that's coming off an embarrassing loss to the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. For them to respond in the way they did, is very telling of the character and integrity that this group has.

The first half featured back-and-forth play between the two teams. Scottie Barnes got off to a hot start early connecting on three triples in a row. His jump shot looked the best it's ever had, which has evidence to support it as he finished with a career-high five three-pointers.

However, Atlanta did a great job at responding early. Toronto seemed to be a step slow at guarding Trae Young, allowing him to blow by the initial defender leading to an eventual alley-oop to whoever the big was that was waiting in the dunker's spot. Although his facilitation was key finishing with 10 assists, the Raptors' defence forced him to turn the ball over as many times as he assisted the ball.

Dejounte Murray was the best player for Atlanta, totalling 20 points, nine assists, and four rebounds and displayed the new aspect he can provide for this team. The only downside of this was the lack of support he received from the supporting cast, which wasn't a fault towards them but more so kudos to the stellar defence of Toronto.

Once the second half started, it appeared that a switch was flipped within the home team. Everyone was getting into their stance and playing their fullest on both ends of the court. OG Anunoby tallied six steals and two blocks imposing his will on defence. Pascal Siakam was sensational once again with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. both added 21 points respectively to the cause.

It felt as if the Raptors played a perfect game in this one. Toronto turned Atlanta over 18 times compared to just six instances on their end. The entire Hawks team accumulated just a single steal compared to 13 steals from the Raptors. Toronto outrebounded Atlanta 44-37 and was the more aggressive team at the end of the day, which showed up in the free-throw department as Toronto went 33-40 compared to Atlanta who went 20-25.

This was a great performance from Nick Nurse's club. The Toronto Raptors improve to 4-3 and will look to carry the success from this game to their next matchup against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday at 8 PM ET.