The Toronto Raptors almost got upset by the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, until none other than rising superstar Pascal Siakam once again took over leading a second-half comeback. Siakam finished with a team high 34-points helping the Raptors defeat the Hawks 119-116. The Raptors have now won eight straight against the Hawks, including five in a row in Atlanta.

Raptors Didn’t Deserve To Win

Now it’s always good to see the good guys get the win, but let’s be real here. The Raptors had no business winning this game in Atlanta. You have to give the underdog Hawks credit, they played a solid game on both ends. Mainly, it was the Hawks’ offence on this night that truly shined against a suspect Raptors defence. Hawks shot 52.2 per cent from the field and 41.2 per cent from deep, and had 32 assists leading to 47 made field goals. Then with the Raptors up 12 points with 1:59 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Hawks went on a 16-7 run to end the game and almost forced the game into overtime. The Raptors defence was not good on this night and this might have been a classic case of overlooking their opponent.

Siakam Saves The Day 

The Hawks led this game 61-52 going into the third quarter and that’s when Siakam came out and hit back-to-back threes to set the tempo of the second-half. Siakam finished this game with 34 points on 11-18 shooting from the field and 4-6 shooting from three-point land. It was Siakam’s sixth 30-point game of the season, one more than he had all of last season. Siakam has proven that he can be the reliable option when the Raptors are trailing or are in need of a big bucket late in a game. Siakam’s ability to improve his outside game and shot has been impressive to monitor as well. Siakam is now shooting 47.4% from the field and 37.6%  from three so far this season. After having three straight sub par games, it was nice to see Siakam have a big night in a comeback win on the road.

Trae Young

I have to give some love to the opposing team’s best player here and that’s Trae Young who had a spectacular night for the young Hawks. Trae Young had a triple-double in this contest finishing with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also hit two 3-pointers from 30-plus feet. For as much as we talk about Luka Doncic from the 2018 NBA Draft Class, let’s not forget about Trae Young and what he’s capable of doing on the court.

Looking Ahead 

Tonight, the Toronto Raptors will meet the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time since “The Shot” happened in Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Both teams are coming into this game on win streaks and both teams look to make an early season statement. Get your popcorn out, this is going to be a fun one.