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Siakam, VanVleet help Raptors hold off Hawks
Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) drives around Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Atlanta. The Raptors defeated the Hawks 119-116. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)
George Henry, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:43PM EST
ATLANTA - Pascal Siakam scored 34 points and Fred VanVleet had 25, helping the Toronto Raptors beat Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 119-116 on Saturday night.
Siakam, at 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, turned in another impressive performance, hurting the Hawks with mid-range jumpers and 3s. He has scored at least 30 in six games, one more than he had last season.
Norman Powell added 20 points for Toronto, which earned its third straight win.
Young had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his second career triple-double, but Atlanta dropped its sixth straight game. The dynamic second-year guard hit two 3-pointers from 30-plus feet.
Two nights after holding an opponent under 40 per cent from the field for the sixth time this season, the defending NBA champion Raptors let Atlanta shoot nearly 53 per cent.
Hawks rookie De'Andre Hunter went 6 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points.
VanVleet's 3 with 10:02 remaining gave Toronto its first lead since the final minute of the first quarter. The Raptors never trailed again.
Siakam's layup at the 2:49 mark made it a 10-point advantage, but the Hawks pulled within four on Young's fast-break floater with 37.5 seconds to go. Siakam quickly answered with a dunk before Hunter hit a 3 with 24.8 seconds remaining.
Hunter hit his sixth 3 to cut the lead to two, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 1 of 2 foul shots. Young missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Young hit a straightaway 3 from 36 feet to put the Hawks up 61-52 in the closing seconds before halftime.
Raptors: F Serge Ibaka missed his seventh straight game with a right ankle sprain. Coach Nick Nurse said Ibaka is “getting closer.” ... G Kyle Lowry missed his seventh straight game with a left thumb fracture. Nurse said Lowry could return next weekend. Lowry worked out on the floor before the game.
Hawks: F Cam Reddish was sidelined by a left wrist sprain, missing his second straight game. Coach Lloyd Pierce said Reddish still can't grip the ball without pain. ... Young began the game as the only NBA player with top five averages in assists, points and steals.
Toronto has won eight straight against the Hawks, including five in a row in Atlanta.
Raptors: Host Philadelphia on Monday and New York on Wednesday.
Hawks: Host Minnesota on Monday and at Milwaukee on Wednesday.