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Hawks head north to face Raptors

Nov 28, 2010 - 3:59 PM (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks will head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors this afternoon at Air Canada Centre.

The Hawks have played fairly well on the road this season as evidenced by their 6-2 mark. The eight-game road start is the best since the team went 6-2 as the guest back in 1997-98. They have won two straight overall since a three-game slide and recorded a 99-90 win in New York last night.

Reigning Sixth Man of the Year and former Knick Jamal Crawford scored 21 points off the bench, Al Horford added 17 points and nine rebounds and Mike Bibby netted 14 points for the Hawks, who ended a three-game slide against the Knicks and got 13 points apiece from Josh Smith and Marvin Williams.

"It always feels good to come back," said Crawford, who is averaging 19.0 points in his last three games. "It was just fun to come out here and win. My teammates did a great job finding me, and I'm just trying to be more aggressive."

Through 17 games this season, the Hawks are second in the league in field goal percentage (.477) and are tied for second in assists (23.7). They registered 22 assists at Madison Square Garden.

Toronto looks to get back on track today after having a four-game winning streak cut short with Friday's 110-101 loss at Boston.

Linas Kleiza had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Leandro Barbosa and Peja Stojakovic added 14 and 13 points, respectively, in defeat. Toronto forward Reggie Evans had seven points and six rebounds before leaving the game with a broken foot. Evans is among the league leaders in rebounds with 12.1 boards per contest and was coming off a 22-rebound, 12-point showing versus Philadelphia.

"Yeah, it's broken. It's broken," Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. "A fracture, break - I don't know. X-rays were positive so I don't know. I have no idea of the timeline or anything else."

The Raptors will begin a four-game homestand Sunday versus the Hawks, Wizards, Thunder and Knicks, and are 4-3 up north this season. They are unbeaten in their last three games as the host. Andrea Bargnani is averaging 22.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and is shooting .487 (57-of-11) at home this season.

Atlanta took three of four meetings with Toronto last season and has won seven of the previous nine games in the series. These two clubs have split the past eight encounters from Air Canada Centre.

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