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Lowry overcomes flu symptoms, scores 22 points in final period to help Raptors beat Hawks

ATLANTA — Kyle Lowry scored 22 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and the Toronto Raptors rallied from 17 down in the third to beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-86 on Wednesday night.

Lowry overcame flu-like symptoms that forced him from the game in the second period. He returned to begin the third, but didn't build momentum until the fourth when Toronto outscored the Hawks 39-20.

Lowry was too quick off the dribble, running circles around Atlanta's defence go to 7 for 8 from the field on a variety of shots.

The Raptors, who have won five of six, scored just 32 points in the first half.

Atlanta led by 17 midway through the third before the Raptors went on a 33-15 run to go up 74-73 on Lowry's fast-break layup with 6:28 remaining. It was Toronto's first lead since late in the first.

Paul Millsap scored 14 points and Thabo Sefolosha had 13 for the Hawks. They have lost three of five.

Lowry's 3-pointer made it 80-75 and he hit a fast-break layup to make it 82-75 with 4:54 remaining.



Raptors: Toronto missed 16 of its first 18 attempts on 3s before Terrence Ross hit one in the close seconds of the third to cut the lead to seven.

Hawks: Al Horford scored 12 points to extend his streak of double-digit games to 21, tying a career high.


Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer gave Raptors guard DeMarre Carroll a hug before the game. Carroll, who finished with five points, had the best two seasons of his six-year career under Budenholzer, becoming a full-time starter and helping the Hawks advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time. Atlanta wanted to keep Carroll, who signed a four-year, $60 million contract with Toronto, but needed to save money to re-sign Millsap.


Before the start of the third, Teague came over to joke with Hawks great Dominique Wilkins that he was about to pass him for seventh place on the franchise list for career assists. Wilkins, the team's TV analyst, laughed. "Not tonight," Wilkins said. "Next game." Teague needs five to pass Wilkins at 2,321.


Raptors: Host Denver on Thursday night.

Hawks: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

George Henry, The Associated Press

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