Raptors find the 'ON' switch to top Hawks

DeMar DeRozan hugs Kyle Lowry after the Raptors completed a fourth-quarter comeback to knock off...

DeMar DeRozan hugs Kyle Lowry after the Raptors completed a fourth-quarter comeback to knock off the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre. (John Sokolowski, USA Today Sports)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:30 PM ET

TORONTO -  Down and seemingly out, disengaged and looking completely disoriented for three quarters, the light bulb came on in the fourth quarter.

Once again, that NBA saying, which is as old as the game itself held true: It’s now how one starts, but how one finishes.

And finish the Raptors did, keyed by their backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who took turns stepping up in the decisive fourth quarter.

The tandem combined for 46 points in leading the Raptors to their 96-86 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

It was far from pretty and the Raptors, despite their 39-30 record, are far from a finished product, they’ve got fight and they came off the mat to subdue the Hawks, who missed too many open looks down the stretch, too sloppy in their ball security.

Against a more polished and established team, the Raptors would have been blown off their home floor, a just result given how bad they played.


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