Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Raptors - December 2, 2009

Atlanta 146, Toronto 115 | December 2, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • Nine players tallied double figures as the Atlanta Hawks cruised to a resounding 146-115 win Wednesday over the Toronto Raptors.
  • Al Horford led the way with 24, Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford had 16, Marvin Williams scored 15, Jeff Teague tossed in 13, 12 points each for Joe Smith, Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson, and Zaza Pachulia chipped in 11, as the Hawks had nine in doubles for the first time since Dec. '87.
  • Atlanta made 59.1% of its shots, 11 three-pointers and 37 assists- season highs in each category.
  • The Hawks took a commanding 21-point lead into the locker room at the half, behind balanced scoring from Horford (18), Josh Smith's (14), Williams (11) and Johnson (10).
  • It was a half full of season highs for the home team -- points scored, FG shooting (60.5%), and points in any quarter (42).
  • The Hawks continued with that theme in the third, outscoring the Raptors 39-30, and taking a 114-84 lead into the final 12 minutes.
  • Atlanta returns to action Friday against the New York Knicks at 7:30 pm (790 AM, SPSO).

Al Horford



Honorable Mention
Mike Bibby - 4/4 3PM/A, 5 ast, 0 turnovers

- So many points, so many numbers. Too many season-highs were set tonight to list out here.
Check out the post
on "From the Highlight Factory", the Official Hawks Blog, for a complete rundown.

- The Raptors lead 25-23 late in the first quarter thanks to hitting 4-of-5 from 3-point range to start the game. Atlanta answered by finishing the quarter 10-1 run to set the stage for the monster second.

- The Hawks scored in every way possible in the first half, but dominated the scoring inside the paint in particular (36-14 at halftime).

- Josh Smith had four more blocks in the game, increasing his league leading average to nearly 2.8 blocks per contest. See the best one above.

- The big cushion created by scoring 81 points in the middle periods allowed all five starters to enjoy the entire fourth quarter from the bench. None of the starters played more than 29 minutes, and Mike Bibby and Smoove played only 22 and 21 minutes, respectively.

- Before the starters were given a rest they had taken great care of the ball despite the frantic scoring pace. At the end of the third period the Hawks had only commited three turnovers.

- Bibby might have turned in the most efficient performance of the year. He nailed four 3's on four attempts and had five assists and zero turnovers.