Wow. It's amazing what a couple of days of intense, physical practices can do for a team trying to relocate its swagger -- 146 points worth of swagger.
The Hawks found theirs just in time to shake off the ill feelings associated with a Sunday loss to a struggling Detroit Pistons team.
"We worked out some good things in practice," Jamal Crawford said.
Hawks coach Mike Woodson elaborated on the tune-up work his team did in the two days between the loss in Detroit and Wednesday's monster blowout of Toronto Wednesday night.
"It got a little intense the last couple of days and we needed that," Woodson said. "We had been lagging some from a defensive standpoint and rebounding the ball."
The end goal remains the same for Woodson; take care of home. Whatever the Hawks are working for this season, it begins at Philips Arena, where they've lost just once this season.
"We're just trying to get our wins here at home," he said. "We lost our last home game on Thanksgiving Day to Orlando and we lost our last road game. So this was a good time for us to bounce back."
HAWKS 146, RAPTORS 115: The Hawks showed no mercy in beating down the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
Not only did they demolish the Raptors with their highest scoring output since the 1992-93 season, they did with contributions from up and down the roster. Nine players scored in double-figures, the first time that's happened since the 1987-88 season. The 37 assists and towel-waving party that commenced for the reserves late in the third quarter punctuated the evening for the Hawks, who snapped back after a tough loss Sunday in Detroit.
"We're tough to beat when we play the right way," Josh Smith said. "We've got to go out there and put that effort out there. We can't expect teams to come in here and lay down. We're tough to beat at home and we have to find ways to do it on the road."
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