Kyle Lowry lifts Raptors past Hawks

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Toronto Raptors erase a 14-point deficit en route to a 96-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Down 74-60 with 11 1/2 minutes to play, the Raptors (39-30) outscored the Hawks, 36-12, the rest of the way for their second win in last three games.

The win also erased the stigma of the Raptors’ double-overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lowly finished with 25 points while four other teammates scored in double digits as the Raptors solidified their hold of third spot in the Eastern Conference.

DeRozan added 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds, Greivis Vasquez had 12 while Terrence Ross chipped in 10 for the Raptors.

The Hawks made just six of 22 attempts in the fourth period, allowing the Raptors to complete the comeback victory.

Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll scored 17 points each while Jeff Teague added 16 as the Hawks (31-37) suffered their second straight loss after a five-game winning run.

The loss was damaging for the Hawks, who are currently hanging on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The New York Knicks, who are currently on an eight-game winning run, are just 2.5 games back of the Hawks.

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