No doubt about it

MIKE KOREEN, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

This time, the scoreboard looked just right to the Raptors.

After the scorekeepers mistakenly did not count two points for Toronto in its previous game against the Atlanta Hawks in Georgia -- a close loss affectionately dubbed Scoreboard-gate -- the short-handed Raptors made sure everybody knew the score from the opening tip last night.

The Raptors, minus starters T.J. Ford (sprained right ankle) and Jorge Garbajosa (sore right calf), never trailed in an easy 105-92 win over the horrible Hawks at the Air Canada Centre. The win, in front of courtside patron Doug Flutie and 19,976 other fans, snapped a three-game Raptors losing streak and extended Atlanta's skid to eight games.

"We needed it," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "Atlanta had beaten us twice (this season) ... and we've had problems guarding this team. Joe Johnson has had our number, but I thought our perimeter guys Mo (Peterson, AP (Anthony Parker) and Joey (Graham) did a good job."

The strong play from Peterson and Graham was the most positive development for the Raptors. The inconsistent Graham, relegated to the bench with Andrea Bargnani taking his place in the starting lineup, tied a career high with 19 points and added eight rebounds. Peterson, in the midst of a well-documented tough season, also came off the bench for 16 points, draining six of eight shots.

Graham, so frustrating for the coaching staff because he looks good just once in a while, was the more spectacular of the two, dunking and driving for points.

"He played well, that's all I know," Mitchell said. "If I knew what he had for lunch or what he did at home, I'd video tape him and show it to him before every game. We need Joey to play like that."

They also need Peterson to do the same thing.

"I think we (himself and Graham) fed off each other," Peterson said. "Joey provided a spark for us and I wanted to match that energy."

Chris Bosh, in his second game back after missing 12 with a bruised left knee, scored 21 points in just 33 minutes as Mitchell got him some well-deserved rest.

Bargnani had good chemistry with Bosh. He found him with an amazing behind-the-back, touch/bounce pass that Bosh tried to dunk home but found rim. Bosh went on to miss the two free throws, but the play was something special.

"Me and Andrea, we play well together," Bosh said. "He looks for me, I look for him. He looks for me going to the basket, I look for him spotting up. It was just a matter of getting comfortable in the half-court offence. The more and more we do it, the more comfortable he gets and the better plays he makes."

Marvin Williams led the Hawks with 24 points.

Meanwhile, Ford and Garbajosa are expected back tomorrow when the Raptors play host to the Washington Wizards.

"Unless something changes, it will be Sunday (for Ford and Garbajosa)," Mitchell said.

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REPORT CARD

A Offence: , Spectacular at times, efficient at all times. No matter who was on the court, the Raptors scored without much of a problem.

C+ Defence: Not nearly as good as in the second half against Phoenix when a zone confused the Suns. But the Raptors led the entire way, so they did a few things right.


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