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Ford suffers scary injury but Raptors beat Hawks

ATLANTA -- T.J. Ford's teammates said the Toronto Raptors guard was moving before he was taken off the court on a stretcher following a scary fall late in Tuesday night's 100-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Ford, who missed the 2004-05 season with Milwaukee following neck surgery, stole the ball and was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit his face with his hand.

Ford landed hard on his back, his head bouncing off the floor.

"After a while I could see him moving and that was a relief," Toronto's Chris Bosh said, adding there was immediate concern about Ford because everyone knew his injury history.

"It turns my stomach because of who it is," Bosh said. "Like I say, we know about his situation and everything."

Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard confirmed Ford "had feeling in his upper and lower extremities when he was taken off the floor."

Ford was taken to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Raptors director of basketball operations Marc Eversley and assistant trainer Rory Mullin were with him at the hospital.

LaBumbard said it was expected Ford would remain at the hospital through the night.

Horford insisted he did not try to injure Ford, who had 26 points. Horford said he was fooled by Ford's move as he went up for the layup with 1:32 left.

Horford said he was alarmed by Ford's hard fall.

"When I saw his head hit twice, that's when I thought it was serious," Horford said.

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