TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, one of eight Toronto Raptors who scored in double digits, as Toronto roared to a 128-84 rout of the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, their largest margin of victory in franchise history.
The victory stretched the Raptors’ win streak to six games, and propelled them to the top of the Eastern Conference standings in a tie with Cleveland.
Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson had 17 points apiece, Terrence Ross contributed 15, Pascal Siakam finished with 14, Lucas Nogueira had 11, and DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph had 10 each for Toronto (14-6).
Dennis Shroder had 15 to top the Hawks (10-11).
The Raptors are playing easily their best basketball of the season. Their offence, in particular, is running like a well-oiled machine. They’re 4-0 on this homestand, and were coming off a 113-80 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers the previous night.
The Hawks’ season story is virtually the opposite. Since racing out to an early 9-2 record, they’ve been in a tailspin, losers of nine of their last 10 games. They’d been demolished 121-85 the previous night by Detroit.