Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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ATLANTA - T.J. Ford scored 26 points before he was sent crashing to the floor with an apparent injury on a flagrant foul late in the game, casting a pall over Toronto's 100-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Ford, who missed the 2004-05 season following neck surgery, was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit the guard's face with his hand. Ford landed hard, his head bouncing off the floor.
Ford was conscious but did not appear to move before he was strapped to a stretcher and wheeled off the court.
Horford was ejected with the flagrant foul.
Toronto led 69-68 entering the final quarter but stretched the lead to 82-71 before Marvin Williams finally ended Atlanta's field goal drought with 7:30 left.
Williams and Joe Johnson both had 23 points for Atlanta.
The Hawks (10-11) were denied in their attempt to move over .500 after 20 or more games for the first time since 1998-99, their last playoff season.
Ford was 8 of 11 from the field and had 19 points as Toronto led 54-43 at halftime.
Former Georgia Tech star Chris Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto.