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Immanuel Quickley, Toronto Raptors shot down Atlanta Hawks, 123-121

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TOP SCORER. Immanuel Quickley lifts the Toronto Raptors’ 123-121 victory against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night (Saturday, February 24, in the Philippines). NBA PHOTO

Immanuel Quickley put on a three-point shooting clinic, draining six shots from beyond the arc and scoring a game-high 24 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a thrilling 123-121 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night (Saturday, February 24, in the Philippines). 

Quickley’s hot hand from long range proved crucial in securing the Raptors’ second consecutive win since the All-Star break.

Scottie Barnes added a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists, showcasing his versatility on both ends of the floor. Jacob Poeltl contributed 12 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists, playing a pivotal role in the Raptors’ well-rounded performance.

Dejounte Murray led the charge for the Hawks with 24 points, while De’Andre Hunter added 22. Despite the efforts of the Hawks, it was Quickley’s shooting prowess that ultimately made the difference in a closely contested matchup.

As the game approached its climax, the Hawks found themselves trailing 121-118 with 18 seconds left. In a critical moment, Murray stepped out of bounds on a dribble hand-off from Bogdan Bogdanovic, giving the Raptors a chance to seal the victory. 

Bruce Brown capitalized on the opportunity, delivering a breakaway dunk with 11 seconds remaining to secure the win for Toronto.

Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic praised the camaraderie and competitive spirit within the team, emphasizing the positive atmosphere that has emerged since the All-Star break. 

Hawks All-Star Trae Young, who had been a thorn in the Raptors’ side in previous matchups, was held in check, scoring just 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting. The Raptors’ defensive efforts limited Young’s impact, a key factor in their ability to secure the win.

Hawks coach Quin Snyder was ejected in the second quarter after storming onto the court following an apparent injury scare to Trae Young. Young hobbled after colliding with a screen set by Poeltl, causing concern among the Hawks’ coaching staff. Snyder’s emotional reaction led to a double-technical, with technical fouls also assessed to Young and Hunter.

The game marked the Hawks’ return from the All-Star break, and they struggled to find their rhythm early on. The Raptors capitalized on the Hawks’ frigid start, jumping out to a 15-2 lead before Atlanta managed to break the drought.

Looking ahead, the Raptors will face the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, while the Hawks are set to host the Orlando Magic on Sunday in hopes of bouncing back from their post-All-Star break defeat.

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