2. The Hawks, who were short-handed and lacking some size without centers Alex Len (right hip flexor strain) and Bruno Fernando (left calf strain), trailed by as much as 17 in the first half, and the game quickly got even more out of hand in the second. In the fourth quarter, the Raptors went on a 14-0 run to make it 111-83 as the Hawks were held scoreless until the 8:01 mark. Toronto, which has won eight games in a row, led by double-digits for the entire second half and was led by All-Star Pascal Siakam (24 points) and Serge Ibaka (24 points). “It was just one of those nights,” said Trae Young, who finished with 18 points (5 of 13 field goals, 1-for-7 from 3-point range, 7 of 8 free throws) and 13 assists. “Sometimes your shot doesn’t fall. ... Nights like that, sometimes, you’ve got to give them credit. They did a lot of different schemes defensively, but they didn’t want me to score.” John Collins led the Hawks with a game-high 28 points and game-high 12 rebounds.
3. Vince Carter, who played the first six-plus seasons of his NBA career with the Raptors, received a warm welcome, complete with a standing ovation after a video honoring his time in Toronto played on the jumbotron. Carter, who had 10 points and five rebounds, won Rookie of the Year in 1999 (he was drafted in 1998), won the Slam Dunk contest in 2000 and averaged 23.4 points, 3.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds during his career as a Raptor. This marked Carter’s 1,522nd appearance in a game, which ties Dirk Nowitzki for third place in NBA games played (Robert Parish is first with 1,611 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is second with 1,560). “All the other arenas where I’ve seen old Raptor clips, it’s been cool,” Carter said. “But you see those clips when you’re actually in this building and you recall moments, situations, spots on the floor, how plays evolve, I remember those things and it’s always a little special, it’s always been special when you’re actually right here in the building.”