The Hawks wrapped up their sixth straight post-season berth with a 107-88 rout over the Raptors, but how they got that victory was rather rare.
Atlanta trailed by 10 points at halftime and fought back in the third quarter to even the score heading into the fourth. That’s when the Hawks did something that’s only been done on one other occasion in franchise history.
In order to put the playoff-clinching triumph into it’s proper perspective, I’ll let the good folks at Elias Sport Bureau explain:
Hawks Turn Close Game Into Blowout
From Elias: The Hawks defeated the Raptors by 19 points on Wednesday after the game was tied heading to the fourth quarter. The Hawks have had only one other win by 19 or more points after being tied or trailing going to the fourth quarter since the introduction of the shot clock (for the 1954-55 season), at San Antonio in 1979. The Hawks were behind in that game, 98-96, going to the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Spurs in the final period, 47-22.