Raptors hammer Hawks to hit all-star break on a high

Raptors' Greivis Vasquez goes up for a shot against the Hawks during NBA action in Toronto on...

Raptors' Greivis Vasquez goes up for a shot against the Hawks during NBA action in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 PM ET

TORONTO - While his teammates seemingly looked ahead to rest and relaxation, fittingly, Toronto’s lone all-star stepped up to secure another win on Wednesday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in the third quarter, as the Raptors turned a close game into an eventual 104-83 laugher over the Atlanta Hawks.

Even though both teams have been jockeying for third place in the Eastern Conference for weeks now, with the league set to break until Monday, both sides appeared to already have shut it down early on. Toronto shot a dismal 29.2% in the first and offered little resistance (Atlanta assisted on its first 15 buckets, a sure sign not much defence is being played at the other end). Meanwhile, the Hawks, seventh in the NBA in three-point percentage heading in, made just 1-of-9 through the opening 24 minutes.


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