NBA: Raptors pummel Hawks, extend win streak to six games

Toronto Raptors guards Kyle Lowry (left) and DeMar DeRozan high-five each other during their NBA match against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec 3, 2016.
Toronto Raptors guards Kyle Lowry (left) and DeMar DeRozan high-five each other during their NBA match against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec 3, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 38 points, as the Toronto Raptors routed the Atlanta Hawks 128-84 on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to a season-best six games.

Lowry also had eight assists and Patrick Patterson tallied 17 points for Toronto, who moved into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference.

It was the sixth loss in a row for the Hawks (10-11), who also have dropped nine of their last 10 games.

The Raptors (14-6) led by as many as 21 points during the first half, were ahead by 15 points at half-time and by 16 after three quarters before running away with the contest in the fourth quarter.

Pascal Siakam contributed 12 points and DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph each had 10 for the Raptors.

Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway each scored 15 points for the Hawks, whose biggest lead was five points. Dwight Howard and Kris Humphries both had 10 points.

Howard said the Hawks have been blaming each other during the losing skid.

"We just have to stop getting frustrated at each other. We need to get out of our own heads," he said.

There were only two lead changes and three ties in the game.

A dunk by Lucas Nogueira gave Toronto a 23-point lead with just under 10 minutes remaining.

The Raptors got the lead to 34 with 5min 57sec to play on a three-pointer by Terrence Ross, who finished with 15 points.

Ross then hit a field goal to give Toronto a 38-point lead and Siakam's dunk extended the lead to 44 late in the game.