Originally created 04/13/02

Raptors 112, Hawks 73



TORONTO -- Jerome Williams and Keon Clark each scored 20 points as the Toronto Raptors moved a step closer to making the playoffs with a 112-73 rout of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

Morris Peterson added 18 points for the Raptors, who entered the game tied with Milwaukee for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot. Milwaukee and Indiana played each other Friday night.

A Pacers loss would give Toronto a magic number of one to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The Raptors, who have won 10 of 11 since Vince Carter decided to have season-ending knee surgery, have three games remaining.

Toronto had lost 17 of 18 before Carter's announcement.

Clark went 9-for-9 from the field for the Raptors, who shot a season-high 61.6 percent. The franchise record is 61.9 percent against Cleveland on March 3, 1996.

Jason Terry had 20 points for the Hawks, who shot 38 percent.

The Raptors made their first eight shots while Atlanta missed its first seven.

Peterson's 3-pointer gave Toronto a 11-0 lead, and Dell Curry's 3-pointer in the second quarter sparked a 15-2 run.

Clark's alley-oop layup gave Toronto a 41-23 lead, Jerome Williams followed with a layup, and Antonio Davis made a jumper off a pick and roll, giving Toronto a 22-point lead.

Peterson converted a four-point play with 34 seconds left, and Jerome Williams' layup just before the end of the half gave Toronto a 27-point lead - Toronto's biggest halftime lead this season.

Clark scored Toronto's first six points of the second half, and Peterson's driving layup made it a 33-point lead.

Jermaine Jackson's 3-pointer with less than two minutes remaining made it a 39-point lead - Toronto's biggest of the game.

Notes: Toronto went 4-0 against Atlanta this season. ... The Raptors shot 69 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 38 for Atlanta. ... Toronto's Eric Montross missed the game with a sprained left foot. ... Toronto's Chris Childs remains day-to-day with a strained right heel. ... The Raptors had five players reach double figures in scoring. ... Toronto outscored Atlanta 40-28 in the paint. ... Jerome Williams tied a season-high in points.