TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan had 30 points and five rebounds and the Toronto Raptors overcame some early sloppiness to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 104-96 Thursday night.
Toronto turned the ball over nine times before the game was 13 minutes old, but did a much better job of holding onto it the rest of the way in winning its second straight and 14th of 15 at home.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Hawks, who wrapped up a five-game road trip.
Kyle Lowry had 19 points and seven assists for the Raptors while Luis Scola had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Jonas Valanciunas scored in double digits for a career-high 16th time and added 10 rebounds.
Millsap’s driving layup with 7:28 to go cut the Toronto lead to 95-89.
But the Raptors scored six straight points to widen the lead to 12 points to take control.
The game featured 11 lead changes and seven ties before the Raptors went up for good as part of a 7-0 run over a two-minute stretch early in the third quarter.
The Raptors led 82-75 going into the fourth quarter on the strength of a dominant inside game, outscoring the Hawks 44-22 in the paint through the first three quarters.
Toronto was up 52-48 at halftime despite 11 turnovers leading to 10 Atlanta points. The Raptors shot 51 percent from the field through two quarters compared to 40 percent for the Hawks.
The Hawks led 21-20 after the first quarter as seven different Atlanta players scored in the quarter.
Hawks: Al Horford missed a free throw in the second quarter, ending a streak of 20 straight makes. … Atlanta’s bench outscored Toronto’s 36-33.
Raptors: Toronto turned the ball over nine times in the first 12:33 of the game, but just six times the rest of the way. … The Raptors outscored the Hawks 50-34 in the paint.
The Hawks return home to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
The Raptors continue their seven-game homestand hosting the Miami Heat on Saturday night.