NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Toronto
(Friday, April 8th)
Final Score: Toronto 109, Atlanta 101 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jalen Rose had 30 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 109-101 overtime win against the lowly Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre. Morris Peterson added 26 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last nine games.
Despite the win, Toronto was eliminated from playoff consideration thanks to Philadelphia's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Predrag Drobnjak had a season-high 21 points and Josh Smith had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who dropped their 14th consecutive game and lost for the 30th time in their last 32 games. However, one of their two wins over this brutal stretch came against Toronto back on March 11.
Trailing by as many as 19 in the first half, the Raptors managed to even the game in the fourth quarter and grabbed their first lead of the contest, 92-91, on a pair of Peterson free throws with 2:15 to play.
After Atlanta missed at the other end, Rafer Alston came down and drained a three-pointer to give Toronto a 95-91 advantage with 1:31 left.
Atlanta then scored five of the next six points and evened the game at 96-96 on a pair of Tyronn Lue free throws with 11.4 seconds left. Toronto had a chance at the buzzer, but missed sending the game to overtime.
In the extra session, Toronto scored the first four points and never relinquished the lead on its way to the eight-point win.
The Raptors connected on 9-of-26 shots from beyond the arc and have now hit three-pointer in 525 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the NBA.
Leading by a point, the Hawks reeled off a 16-1 run to open a 24-8 advantage with a little over 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening period. Atlanta continued to pour it on the rest of the quarter, as it held a 31-14 lead after the first 12 minutes.
Things got a little better for the Raptors in the second, as they outscored the Hawks 19-16 in the stanza, but still trailed 47-33 heading into the locker room.
Drobnjak had 14 points to lead Atlanta in the half, while Milt Palacio's 12 paced Toronto.
The Raptors got back into the contest in the third quarter and pulled within four, 54-50, on Peterson's jumper just over three minutes in. Toronto managed to get within three later in the quarter and trailed 73-69 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Tony Delk had 20 points in the loss...The Hawks have lost five in a row on the road and are an NBA-worst 3-35 away from home this season. Atlanta has won just once on the road since December 10 against Detroit...Toronto has won three of four and eight of the last 10 meetings overall in this set. Atlanta has also lost nine of its last 11 in Toronto...Raptors forward Donyell Marshall missed the game with an Achilles' injury.
04/08 22:52:10 ET