Raptors blow out Hawks 105-80 in NBA

Toronto has turned the much-anticipated clash of the NBA Eastern Conference’s top two teams into a mismatch, winning 105-80 in Atlanta.


Resuming after the All-Star break, the Raptors now move to within five and a half games of the Hawks for the East lead.

Toronto’s Lou Williams scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 21 points in the game.

Toronto has three wins from four this season against the Hawks, who have not lost more than once to any other opponent.

In the day’s other big game, Golden State’s Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists as the Warriors beat San Antonio 110-99.

Klay Thompson scored 20 while Curry controlled the game the way he so often has this season, burnishing his MVP credentials by leading Golden State to big scoring runs at the end of the second and third quarters.

The Warriors went ahead by 21 points entering the fourth, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested his regulars in the final 12 minutes.

Elsewhere, Dallas beat Houston 111-100 to move within half a game of the Rockets in the Southwest Division.

Devin Harris scored 17 points and Al-Farouq Aminu set season highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks.

Cleveland’s LeBron James set aside first-half foul trouble to finish with 28 points in only 25 minutes and help the Cavaliers overwhelm Washington 127-89.

Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for Cleveland, which led by 22 points before halftime and as many as 40 to cruise to a 15th win in 17 games.

An undermanned Detroit won 100-91 against Chicago, with Andre Drummond contributing 18 points and 20 rebounds.

Utah dominated in the second half to beat Portland 92-76.

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points, and Trey Burke had 19 points off the bench for the Jazz, who at one stage turned an eight-point deficit into a 21-point lead.

Damian Lillard scored 19 points for the Trail Blazers.

Milwaukee’s new-look roster came up with an 89-81 win against Denver.

Orlando won consecutive games for the first time in five weeks, beating New Orleans 95-84.

Minnesota edged an undermanned Phoenix 111-109, with the Suns only having 10 players available, having traded Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and three others the previous day.

Sacramento made new coach George Karl a winner on his return to the NBA, beating Boston 109-101, with DeMarcus Cousins having 31 points and 15 rebounds.

Indiana made it five wins from six with a 106-95 victory at Philadelphia, and Miami beat New York 111-87.