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Toronto at Atlanta

Bibby's hot hand from outside carries Hawks past Raptors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks may be for real. Just ask Joe Johnson.

Mike Bibby scored all of his 19 points in the first half, making four 3-pointers during an 18-4 run that broke open the game, and the unbeaten Hawks routed the Toronto Raptors 110-92 on Friday night.

Bibby added 12 assists for Atlanta (4-0). The Hawks are off to their best start since 1997, when they won their first 11 games.

"You can see it, the swagger. We're coming out executing," said Johnson, who added 17 points. "The four teams we opened with, we've had problems with in the past. We have to validate that by bringing this same effort day in and day out."

The four wins have come against teams that were in the playoffs last season, Orlando, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Toronto. The victories against Toronto and New Orleans were on the road.

In playing its best game of the season the Hawks looked similar to the team that pushed the Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of last season's playoffs. Atlanta hadn't been in the postseason since 1998-99 before that run.

"It seems we have kind of turned the corner. I think we can shift into another gear," said Johnson.

Chris Bosh led Toronto (3-2) with 26 points. Jose Calderon, the Raptors' second-leading scorer, had only six points on 2-of-10 shooting, but finished with 12 assists.

Bibby was 7-for-9 from the field in the first half, hitting five of seven 3-pointers. He went 0-for-3 after the break.

"He had the hot hand. He couldn't miss and opened up the floor for us," Johnson said.

"I kept shooting (in the first half). They were leaving me open," said Bibby. "It's exciting (4-0) start. If we had more offense than we had tonight, we'd be awesome."

Atlanta's Josh Smith sprained his left ankle with 56 seconds left in the first quarter and could miss two to four weeks, the Hawks said.

Atlanta was leading 44-39 when Bibby went on his tear, sparking the big run with his four 3s. The Hawks' biggest advantage was 27 points at 110-83 with 1:48 left.

Flip Murray added 16 points for Atlanta. Maurice Evans scored 15 and Marvin Williams 14. The points were season highs for Bibby, Murray, Evans and Williams.

Atlanta got a boost from seldom-used Solomon Jones, who got to play 25 minutes when Smith was hurt and Al Horford got into early foul trouble. Jones scored six points and led the team with nine rebounds.

"There was just nothing we could do to stop them," said Raptors coach Sam Mitchell. "We just couldn't guard them tonight. Almost everybody was off. It happens."

The Hawks shot 54 percent (44-for-81).

Notes

  • Toronto led the NBA in 3-point shooting entering the game at 30-for-59 (51 percent), but Atlanta outdid the Raptors, hitting 12-of-20 from long range. The Raptors made only 4-of-9.
  • Johnson and Bosh played together on the U.S. national team in the summer of 2006.
  • Murray and Toronto C/F Jermaine O'Neal were teammates last season with Indiana.
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Mike Bibby might find it funny, but Atlanta is having flashbacks to 1997's great start. (Getty Images)
Mike Bibby might find it funny, but Atlanta is having flashbacks to 1997's great start. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Toronto (3-2) 2624192392
Atlanta (4-0) «31312127110
TOR:C. Bosh 26 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 8 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 12 Ast
ATL:M. Bibby 19 Pts
ATL:S. Jones 9 Reb
ATL:M. Bibby 12 Ast
Players of the Game
AtlantaToronto

M. Bibby

C. Bosh
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
193122680
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF388-1510-1280026
J. Calderon, PG362-100-041206
J. O'Neal, PF307-103-343217
J. Moon, SG241-31-22314
A. Parker, SG202-90-02544
J. Kapono, SF307-150-033214
A. Bargnani, PF264-80-03039
W. Solomon, PG122-40-01304
J. Graham, SF111-21-23113
K. Humphries, PF61-43-31005
R. Ukic, SG50-10-01020
H. Adams, SF40-00-00000
N. Jawai, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8118-2232301592
 43.2%81.8% 
Atlanta
M. Williams, SF357-140-054014
J. Johnson, SG326-103-476317
M. Bibby, PG317-120-0312119
A. Horford, PF173-61-28247
J. Smith, SF113-60-00016
S. Jones, PF252-22-29136
M. Evans, SF246-91-151015
R. Murray, PG235-113-412216
R. Morris, C133-40-01136
A. Law, PG131-40-01412
Z. Pachulia, C121-20-01142
M. West, SG40-10-00010
S. Claxton, PGDid Not Play
T. Gardner, SGDid Not Play
O. Hunter, SFDid Not Play
Totals 44-8110-13413423110
 54.3%76.9% 
Other Games
NY 114 Final
Wash 108
NO 89 Final
Char 92
Mil 89 Final
Bos 101
Ind 107 Final
Cle 111
Det 96 Final
NJ 103
Mia 99 Final
SA 83
Pho 83 Final
Chi 100
OKC 97 Final
Utah 104
Min 109 Final
Sac 121
Dal 105 Final
Den 108
Mem 109 Final
GS 104
Hou 92 Final
LAC 83