Toronto Raptors demolish the Atlanta Hawks, make franchise history
The Toronto Raptors made franchise history on Saturday night as they dominated the Atlanta Hawks for their sixth straight win.
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and company, who currently have the longest win streak in the league, definitively beat the Hawks 128-84. Now, to some of you, the score just means that they badly beat their opponents. But if you are a history buff and you delved into the data from the past, then you should know that this Raptors’ team actually set a franchise best on Saturday, when they beat their opponent by 44 points. This is the largest margin of victory in franchise history.
So how did they do it? According to Patrick Patterson, who scored 17 points, the team is just having a lot of fun right now, and all the players are confident and running smoothly. Per The Canadian Press:
"Right now, we're hot, we're making shots, right now it seems like the ball is just finding the net," Patterson said. "Extremely fun. You look left and right, you've got Kyle doing his thing, and same with DeMar. You see CoJo and T-Ross, and Pascal, Norm (Powell). When every guy seems like they can't miss, it makes the night more fun because you've got weapons all over."
Eight out of the thirteen players who played on Saturday scored in double digits. DeRozan, who entered Michael Jordan territory early in the season because of his hot shooting, scored 21 points and dished out 4 assists. Lowry recorded 21 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds.
The Raptors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Toronto has lost to this team twice already this season, so do you think they can boost their win streak to seven after this game? Let me know in the comments below.
Also, check out some of the Raptors’ handiwork: