The Toronto Raptors escape Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks with a 104-101 victory to make it three wins in a row.
It wasn't the prettiest victory, but it was indeed a victory as Toronto now improves to 31-12 on the season.
The Hawks turned the ball over 27 times leading to 34 Raptors points. Toronto wasn't much better taking care of the rock as they turned it over 19 times themselves.
In the end, Kawhi Leonard carried the team with 31 points, six rebounds and six crucial steals. OG Anunoby finished with 14 points off the bench in the win.
All five Hawks starters finished with double digits scoring led by John Collins' 21 points, 14 boards. Jeremy Lin added 20 points in the loss. Vince Carter got a standing ovation when he checked into the game from the Toronto fans and finished with six points in 13 minutes in what might be the final time he plays in Canada in his career.
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End of Game Raptors 104 Hawks 101
Close, but not enough.#TrueToAtlanta | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/uJda7hMj3O- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
9:57 p.m. - Trae Young dribbles inside misses the layup as Kawhi comes over for the block attempt. Ibaka grabs the ball finds Lowry who finds Anunoby all alone for the dunk with 0.07 seconds left. Hawks inbound Vince Carter's half court heave is no good! Ball game!
9:56 p.m. - The Hawks have played their hearts out to get to this point with a chance to take the lead....Raptors 102 Hawks 101, Atlanta ball with 17.1 left.
A THING OF BEAUTY pic.twitter.com/T06uAUqObB- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
9:51 p.m. - Hawks have stayed with the Raptors all game long even though they've committed 27 turnovers which has led to 34 Toronto points.
9:43 p.m. - John Collins banging down low on OG and winning that battle. Collins has 21 points, 14 boards.
DOINK- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
but it went in... pic.twitter.com/Ts1oZiHbG0
9:32 p.m. - Hawks start the fourth period on an 11-6 run and take a two point lead 88-86 with 8:20 to play in the game. Kawhi and Kyle Lowry were both resting on the bench during the run, expect one or both of them to check back in after the time out.
9:27 p.m. - Great play out of the quarter break by the Hawks, Lin connects with Bembry on the oop.
that's a way to start the 4th. pic.twitter.com/sSmmSRDtij- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
End of Third Quarter Raptors 80 Hawks 77
9:22 p.m. - Anybody's ball game as we head to the fourth period, both teams struggling to take care of the basketball. Toronto with 18 turnovers, Atlanta has 19. The Hawks have been able to pound the Raptors inside with 42 points in the paint. Toronto has got out on the break with 18 fast break points. Whoever takes care of the rock should be able to gain some sort of advantage in the fourth.
9:18 p.m. - Kyle to Kawhi to Pascal - great ball movement by the potential all-stars.
All-Star Chemistry- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
Send them to @NBAAllStar 👉🏽 https://t.co/VRS83gQuDA pic.twitter.com/r4YWxF4EAZ
9:14 p.m. - Jeremy Lin loves playing in Toronto. Lin has 16 points and counting.
This guy is in his bag.- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
1⃣6⃣ points. pic.twitter.com/Poy9P7GrWN
9:01 p.m. - Trae Young with the floatER!
B A N K pic.twitter.com/JqHwnHsTSM- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
8:50 p.m. - Freddy get the Raptors going with a step back triple in the third!
Somewhere over the rainbow pic.twitter.com/mC2vvInpub- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
Halftime Hawks 57 Raptors 56
*subtle fist pump*#TrueToAtlanta | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/3WPSKVcyOM- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
8:37 p.m. - Raptors make a small run to close the period, but the Hawks take a one point led into half. Kawhi leads all scorers with 15 points, Fred VanVleet added nine points, four rebounds, two assists. John Collins leads the way for the Hawks with 12 points, seven rebounds. Jeremy Lin has 11 points.
8:26 p.m. - Time out on the floor. Sloppy game so far for both teams. Raptors with 11 turnovers, Hawks with 10. Hawks have shot better from the land beyond and that's why they have the lead at the moment. John Collins has also been solid to start the game with 12 points, six rebounds in 17 minutes. Hawks led 51-44.
8:22 p.m. - Raptors finally knock down a triple.
3 > 2- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
Vote Kyle ⭐️: https://t.co/eo5oOMoyfo
Then Vote Kyle again ⭐️: https://t.co/kJjrU0OZGj pic.twitter.com/ghQOPyrhem
8:17 p.m. - Soft touch on the floater from Bembry.
dat nice touch tho pic.twitter.com/mx5EZVkK1p- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
End of First Quarter Hawks 31 Raptors 28
The Raptors are struggling from the field, haven't hit a three yet. They've found a way to keep it close despite the poor shooting and only trail by three.
8:05 p.m. - Serge Ibaka says no!
👎🏽🗣️👎🏽 pic.twitter.com/n613QhTKnV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
8:03 p.m. - VC from three! That didn't take long.
déjà vu @Raptors??? pic.twitter.com/ri0tKYN7Se- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
8:01 p.m. - Standing O for Vincesainty!
Standing O for Half-Man Half-Amazing pic.twitter.com/7tRGt3Wxgk- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
7:49 p.m. - Kawhi to Skills! Raptors up early in the first quarter 7-3.
🖐🏽 x 🌶️- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 9, 2019
Send them to @NBAAllStar 👉🏽 https://t.co/VRS83gQuDA pic.twitter.com/VYHhTGPVWD
7:40 p.m. - John Collins in the Dunk Contest?! Make it happen NBA!
JOHN. COLLINS. 😱 pic.twitter.com/af5VojPh1C- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
7:11 p.m. - The Hawks five.
Tonight's @GeorgiasOwn starting 5⃣- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2019
→ @d_dedmon3 #TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/Dqm8fN4upS
6:55 p.m. - Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard will play together for the first time since Dec. 9th. Fred VanVleet will start in place of Danny Green who will sit out.
Tonight's starting 5. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/cKzPvlyd7R- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 8, 2019
As usual, Vince Carter is mobbed by the media in Toronto.
"This is where I grew up...as a man, as a basketball player." - @mrvincecarter15 pic.twitter.com/rcwb0BBz3U- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 8, 2019
Danny Green will sit out resting according to Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun.
Danny Green Out vs Hawks (rest)- Bob Rathbun (@BobRathbunTV) January 8, 2019