Hawks, Raptors soar to low heights Friday

Of the 10 games in the NBA on Friday, no two were more lopsided than the Hornets 100-59 win over the Hawks and the Raptors 112-72 loss to the Magic.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was only the third day in NBA history in which two regular-season games ended with a margin of 40-plus points. It also happened on Apr. 22, 1994 (Knicks 125, Bucks 85; Pacers 133, 76ers 88) and Nov. 7, 1981 (Warriors 152, Nuggets 107; Celtics 129, Pistons 88).

Atlanta's 41-point loss came three days after a big overtime win against the Heat in Miami in which five players scored in double figures. On Friday, just two players including Jamal Crawford who came off the bench with a team-high 14 points, scored 10+ points.

Atlanta, which entered the game with a 28–15 won-lost record, is the first team in NBA history to lose a home game by 40 or more points after entering the game at least 10 games over .500.

Atlanta’s 59 points were the Hawks’ second-lowest point total in any game in the shot-clock era (which began in the 1954–55 season); the Milwaukee Hawks had a 62–57 loss in Boston in 1955. Atlanta’s 59 points were the fewest by a home team since Miami scored 56 in a loss to Utah on Dec. 18, 2001.

Atlanta’s 29.1 field-goal percentage was the lowest by any NBA team this season and it was the lowest for the Hawks in any home game since they moved to Atlanta.

The 72 points meanwhile for the Raptors was their fewest total this season. The last time Toronto scored 72 points or fewer was back on February 7, 2009 when they scored 70 against the Grizzlies.

Toronto has lost six straight games for the second time this season. It's the second time in the last three seasons that the Raptors have had two separate losing streaks of at least six games in a season.