DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay put on a show as they combined for 52 points in Toronto’s 113-96 blowout victory in Atlanta Tuesday night, extending their winning-streak to four straight.
DeRozan dropped a game-high 30 points in 28 minutes and Gay added 22 points, five assists and four rebounds, as the Raptors avoided their second straight season sweep to the Hawks.
Toronto’s front court duo Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson combined for 24 points, 16 rebounds and 9 blocks. Valanciunas had 13, 8 and 3 while Johnson almost had a triple-double with 11, 8 and 6.
John Lucas (11) was also in double-figures. Point guard Kyle Lowry chipped in with eight points and dished out 11 assists.
The Raptors made 66.7 percent of their shots in the first half and led 68-51 by the break. DeRozan had 19 points on 72.7 percent shooting at halftime and Gay had 17 on 70 percent.
The Hawks didn’t play their starters in the second half. They let the bench players get the mop up role in the last home game of the regular season.
Kyle Korver extended his streak to 73 straight games with a 3-pointer and finished with a team-high 13 points.
Rookie Mike Scott and Ivan Johnson both tallied double-doubles. Scott had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Johnson finished with 12 and 10. Shelvin Mack (11) was also in double-figures.
After the loss, Atlanta (44-37) is now tied with Chicago in the standings but drops to sixth place since the Bulls own the tiebreaker over the Hawks, having won the season series 2-1.
Both teams finish the regular season on Wednesday, with the Hawks heading to New York to play the second-place Knicks, while the Bulls end it at home against the woeful (29-52) Wizards.
If Chicago wins, they get the #5 seed and will face fourth-place Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs. Subsequently, Atlanta will get stuck with the #6 seed and play third-place Indiana.
The Hawks only get fifth place if they win and the Bulls lose.