Atlanta owns a league-worst 11-57 record, including a woeful 3-32 mark on the road.
However, Atlanta ended both a 13-game overall skid and a team-record 23-game road losing streak with a 116-112 overtime triumph at Toronto on March 11.
“It’s a streak we didn’t want to break,” said Toronto’s Matt Bonner, who scored a career-high 21 points against the Hawks. “We just have to learn that you have to come to play every night no matter who it is.”
Toronto opened a five-game road trip with a 103-101 loss to Philadelphia on Friday. Donyell Marshall led the Raptors with 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Chris Bosh added 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds as Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games.
Rafer Alston, who had 18 points and 10 assists, made a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:29 remaining but Allen Iverson’s late jumper won it for the Sixers. The Raptors have hit at least one 3-pointer in a league-leading 518 consecutive games.
Jalen Rose, who was averaging nearly 30 points over his previous four games, missed a 10-foot jumper that set up the final possession for the Sixers. The 6-foot-8 swingman shot just 2-for-16 and finished with eight points.
Atlanta has lost seven straight since its victory over Toronto, allowing nearly 110 points per game during that span. Tony Delk scored 24 points and Harrington added 20 in a 111-95 defeat to San Antonio on Friday.
The Hawks were down 20 at the break but shot 61 percent in the third quarter to shave the Spurs’ lead to seven. Despite the rally, Atlanta coach Mike Woodson was angered by the poor start.
“To get down like we did is inexcusable,” Woodson said. “We didn’t come out ready to play.”
The Raptors have won 10 of the last 13 meetings from the Hawks.