The Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 93-92 at home at Philips Arena. This was the first of three meetings scheduled between these two teams this regular season. This was also the third and final of three-straight meetings for the Hawks against Atlantic Division opponents. With the win, the Hawks improved to 26-19 on the season and 1-0 in the regular season series with the Raptors. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) did not play. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress. Johan Petro, Mike Scott, and Anthony Tolliver received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with 22 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists, giving him a double-double on the night. Josh Smith added 20 points and 11 boards, getting a double-double as well. Kyle Korver contributed 17 points and six rebounds. The leading scorer for the Raptors was DeMar DeRozan, with a game-high 23 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks were outscored 23-20 by the Raptors. In the second quarter, John Lucas III paced the Raptors with nine points, and the Raptors went on an 11-0 run. They led the Hawks 55-45 at the break. The third quarter featured a 14-2 Hawks run, and the Hawks led the Raptors 75-69 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Raptors quickly erased their six-point deficit, and the teams traded baskets for just about the whole quarter. After Al Horford buried two shots at the charity stripe and finished a two-handed dunk off the beautifully-executed assist from Josh Smith, the Hawks found themselves up 93-92 with 21.5 seconds left in regulation. On the next Raptors possession, Al Horford blocked three shots! The first one went out of bounds on the Hawks, and then the Hawks played great defense, not allowing the Raptors to pass the ball in, so the Raptors used their last timeout. The Raptors did inbound the ball the next time, but Horford blocked two more shots, and then he finally got the rebound. He threw a baseball pass up the court for DeShawn Stevenson, and the Hawks got the one-point victory. It was a grind-it-out win for the Hawks, but they did show they can win close battles. They definitely finished strong. It is a little bit concerning that they were outrebounded by such a big margin against a team missing a few of their better frontcourt players. One thing the Hawks did do exceptionally well was pass the ball. Even though only three players scored in double-figures for the Hawks, they had 26 assists, and everyone who played (except for Jannero Pargo, who played less than five minutes) had at least five points. It was actually a very balanced scoring effort for the Hawks. Not the prettiest win, but I'll take it.