2016-2017 NBA regular season: playoff’s round Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks (games-playoffs) March 10, 2017 at NBATV channel online @NBA 5:00 PM PT full replay, result and recap the full game will be available.
Schroder’s 26 points lift Hawks past Raptors, 105-99,
ATLANTA — Dennis Schroder and the Atlanta Hawks salvaged a strong finish to an otherwise disappointing homestand.
Schroder scored 26 points, including 13 in the final period, and the Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 105-99 on Friday night to pull closer in the race for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Hawks finished a 3-3 homestand with two straight wins over Brooklyn and the Raptors. Beating Toronto, the team Atlanta is chasing in the Eastern Conference, was especially important.
Atlanta won the season series 2-1 and would win a head-to-head tiebreaker if needed to determine a playoff position. Toronto is two games ahead of the Hawks in the race for home-court advantage in the first round.
DeRozan said the loss is “definitely something we can overcome” in the conference race.
Post-match previews | Raptors, Hawks play for possible home court in postseason
ATLANTA — The Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference standings, and home-court advantage for a possible playoff series could loom large.
That means that Friday night’s game in Atlanta carries plenty of significance, even though the playoffs are still more than a month away.
It is the last time the Raptors and Hawks play this season — they split their two earlier games in Toronto. If the teams end up with the same record, Friday’s winner would have the extra home game in the playoffs.
Toronto (38-26) hopes to move up in the standings despite the loss of standout guard Kyle Lowry to wrist surgery. The Raptors have fared better than the Hawks (35-29) recently.
Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn 110-105 on Wednesday, but the Hawks have won just three of their past nine. Toronto, which won 94-87 at New Orleans on Wednesday, is 5-2 since losing Lowry.
Atlanta is actually closer to sixth in the Eastern Conference than fourth. The Hawks trail the Raptors by three games and are just two ahead of sixth-place Indiana.
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