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The Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 108-103 at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Tuesday night, completing the season series sweep.
The teams traded baskets in a close first quarter before Atlanta slowly pulled away. Toronto could not put together a strong enough run until late in the game, when a 15-point effort by Malachi Flynn in the fourth quarter brought the Raptors painfully close to completing a comeback.
Clint Capela, the NBA’s leading rebounder, absolutely dominated the paint, scoring 19 points and 21 rebounds as he bullied Chris Boucher under the basket. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks in scoring with 23 points, sinking five-of-eight shots from deep.
Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors offensively, scoring 30 points and carrying the bulk of the playmaking duties, dishing out seven assists as well. After a slow start, Flynn put together yet another solid performance with increased minutes, scoring 22 points and hitting six three-point field goals. Buyout acquisition Khem Birch had his first standout game in his new digs, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven boards and two steals. He even sunk the fifth three-pointer of his career, prompting a spirited “bonjouuuuuur” from TSN play-by-play analyst Jack Armstrong.
A big reason behind Tuesday night’s outcome was three-point shooting. Atlanta hit 13-of-30 attempts from beyond the arc, good enough for 43.3 percent. Toronto only managed 10-of-39 for a meagre 25.6 percent. Gary Trent Jr., who’s been shooting lights out since his arrival with the Raptors, went zero-for-seven.
Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, DeAndre’ Bembry, Paul Watson Jr. and Jalen Harris missed the contest due to injury.
Hawks superstar Trae Young was ruled out shortly before tip-off, while Danilo Gallinari, Tony Snell, John Collins, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and Kris Dunn sat out with injuries.
The Raptors will host Demar Derozan and the Spurs on Wednesday night in Tampa.