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Raptors Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Wins Third Straight, 93-84

Josh Smith scored 28 points with a season-high 15 boards to help the Hawks win their third straight, downing the Raptors 93-84 in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinee.

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Raptors Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Wins Again Without Al Horford

The Atlanta Hawks are now 3-0 without starting center Al Horford, who is out possibly for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, after they beat the Toronto Raptors 93-84 in a special afternoon game in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Led by Josh Smith, who has been phenomenal without his frontcourt-mate, with 28 points and 15 rebounds, the Hawks took care of business and are rolling, pushing their record to 10-4.

The Raptors had a promising start to the season, but have now lost five in a row and seven of their last eight. They were missing their best player, as Andrea Bargnani missed this one with a strained left calf. Without Bargs, the Raptors had trouble scoring with their starting five. They were led in scoring by Leandro Barbosa off the bench with 22 points. No starter scored more than 13 points.

The Hawks, meanwhile, are playing cohesive, confident basketball, led by Smith and Joe Johnson — how it should be. Johnson scored 27 points in this one, and while it's foolish to call the Hawks a better team without Horford, they are playing better right now. How long they can keep it up remains to be seen, but these wins count all the same.

For more news and notes on this game, visit Hawks blog Peachtree Hoops and Raptors HQ.

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Raptors Vs. Hawks: TV Time, Schedule And More

Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks are hoping to continue their hot start to the season as they host the Toronto Raptors in a matinee game on NBA TV as part of the league's tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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