By:|Harold Chambers:| Contract Reporter
State Farm Arena-The Atlanta Hawks dropped their ninth consecutive game as the loss to the Toronto Raptors 124-108 on Wednesday.
Jeremy Lin led the Hawks with 26 points, Vince Carter added 14 points.
The Hawks just played bad defense in the paint area and guarding the perimeter.
It was a special night for Vince Carter who reached the 25k milestone. Carter needed 13 points to reach the Mount Rushmore for points.
And once that basket was made all the congratulatory messages came through for Carter:
He was chipping away at it in the first half and then when the game got away from the Hawks in the fourth quarter, he got his chance (only needing six points) and he did indeed secure it right at the buzzer:
The Raptors, Kyle Lowry led with a triple-double of 21 points, 17 assists, Pascal Siakam scored 22. and 12 rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 24 points and 13 rebounds.
“Way to add some suspense to it. He missed the three, we get the offensive rebound, and it’s fitting that he gets it with the dunk with no time left. It’s just a great moment for Vince.” Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said.
In the first quarter for the Hawks, the bench scored 16 points, while starters had eight. The reserve finished the first half shooting 54.2% from the field, while the starting group of Kent Bazemore, Trae Young, John Collins, Taurean Prince, and Dewayne Dedmon shot 27.2 percent.
The Hawks’ starting five also struggled on defense against a Raptors team that entered the game sixth in the NBA in points per game (115.4). Atlanta played without starting center Alex Len and rookie Omari Spellman.
The Raptors (15-4) shot .533% from the field against the Hawks despite the absence of Norman Powell, O.G. Anunoby, C.J. Miles and a resting Kawhi Leornard.