Work in Sports
Atlanta overwhelms Toronto in 107-89 rout
Posted: Wednesday December 01, 1999 02:08 AM
TORONTO (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks found a perfect cure for their road woes.
Atlanta, which lost seven of its first eight road games, beat the Raptors for the 15th time in 16 meetings.
"I think we're better than our record," said coach Lenny Wilkins, whose team is 6-9 overall. "We came out ready. We had great ball movement and opportunities for shots, and we defended early."
The Hawks made 15 of their first 23 shots and led 36-23 after the first quarter. They led by as many as 24 points in the third period.
"We had a huge first quarter, maybe our best of the season, and that was the difference," said Rider, who sat out the fourth quarter. "We came out and played really hard."
"We're definitely meshing into a better team," said Atlanta guard Jim Jackson, who had 15 points. "We'll probably peak around the end of February or March."
Atlanta outshot Toronto 54 percent to 38 percent.
"Atlanta is playing extremely well the last five games," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "We just didn't match what Isaiah Rider and Jimmy Jackson brought in the first quarter."
Antonio Davis had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who were coming off an impressive 3-2 West Coast trip that included wins over the Lakers and Jazz.
"Just when I think we're on the way our way up and we're about to mature, we take a couple steps back," Davis said. "We didn't do anything aggressive. We just gave them things too easy, and we can't do that at home."
Vince Carter had a quiet 14 points for the Raptors.
"It wasn't our night," he said. "We were flat, and they came out ready to play. They made shots, and we didn't."
Notes: The Raptors began a franchise-record, seven-game homestand. ... Although the fifth-year Raptors are in first place in the Central Division and off to their best start ever at 9-6, they haven't sold out any of their seven home games. ... Davis had 10 rebounds in the third quarter.