NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Toronto
(Friday, March 11th)
Final Score: Atlanta 116, Toronto 112 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tyronn Lue had six of his season-high 29 points in overtime, as the Atlanta Hawks ended two ugly losing streaks with a 116-112 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Atlanta entered the game having lost 13 straight games overall, and 23 in a row in the visitors' role. But the Hawks survived a see-saw fourth quarter and hit clutch shots down the stretch in overtime to post their first victory since February 7th against the Lakers.
"It's a big win for us, we're excited," said Lue. "We came in and played hard. Our young guys came in and we had four rookies on the floor at the same time. I don't know when the last time this happened."
Al Harrington added 28 points while Josh Childress had 19 points and eight caroms. Josh Smith had a career-high 15 rebounds to go with nine points in the win.
"We've been knocking on the door the last three or four games," said Atlanta coach Mike Woodson. "I thought our guys came out and played tremendous, from beginning to end."
Toronto was paced by Jalen Rose's 22 points. Matt Bonner added a career-high 21, while Rafer Alston added 19 points and 11 assists in the loss.
"They beat us, they played harder, they beat us on the boards, they forced more turnovers, they wanted the basketball game more -- they beat us," said Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell.
Marshall followed a Bosh miss with a dunk to give the Raptors a 105-104 lead with 3:15 left in the extra session. Harrington answered on the other end with a turnaround jumper
Two Alston free throws put Toronto back up by one. After the teams traded turnovers, a Lue jumper gave the Hawks a lead. But Marshall answered with a three-pointer to put Toronto up 110-108 with less than two minutes left in OT.
But Gugliotta made a jumper to tie it up at 110, and after a Toronto miscue, Lue hit two free throws to push Atlanta ahead 112-110 with 1:07 left.
Rose answered with a jumper, but Harrington scored with 38 seconds left to give Atlanta the lead for good, at 114-112.
Toronto turned it over, before Harrington missed a fadeaway on the other end. But Toronto knocked the loose ball out of bounds, giving Atlanta the ball with a two-point lead and just 4.5 seconds left.
Lue was fouled after a second went off the clock, and the diminutive guard hit both free throws to seal it.
Rose was fouled with 15 seconds left in regulation. But Rose, who had made his first 10 free throws in the game, could only hit 1-of-2, making it a 100-98 game in favor of Toronto.
However, after Lue was fouled in the lane with 11.8 seconds left, he could only connect on 1-of-2 to make it a one-point game.
Alston then was fouled quickly, and he also missed 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Atlanta grabbed the rebound and was down just two points with 11.1 seconds left.
Lue then knotted the game at 101 with 6.1 seconds left in regulation with a fadeaway jumper in the lane over Alston's outstretched hand.
On the other end, Rose's attempt at a game-winning shot fell short, forcing the overtime.
The Hawks came out strong in the first quarter, as a Josh Childress hoop put Atlanta up 22-11 with 5 1/2 minutes left. The Hawks eventually held a 34-28 lead after 12 minutes of action.
A Bonner hoop at 7:42 of the second rebuilt Atlanta's edge to 12 points, at 44-32. But Toronto scored 10 straight to pull within two points. The Raptors eventually extended the run to a 21-6 burst that gave them a 53-50 edge with three minutes left in the first half. The game eventually went to the intermission knotted at 57.
Toronto forged ahead by as many as six points in the third quarter. But the Hawks ended the frame on a 10-2 run to take a 77-75 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Marshall notched his ninth double-double of the year, while Alston added his ninth double-double of the season...The Raptors made their first 21 free throws...Toronto has lost six straight in overtime dating back to last season...Atlanta ended a string of 10 straight overtime losses, dating back to the 2002-2003 season...The victory was just the third win in the last 15 meetings between these clubs for the Hawks. Atlanta halted a seven-game losing streak in the head-to-head series...The Raptors have had a three-pointer in 512 straight games, the longest-such streak in the NBA...Toronto is 17-15 when scoring 100, and 4-21 when allowing teams to score over the century mark...The Hawks won for just the third time in 35 games this season in which their foes scored 100-or-more points.
03/11 23:32:34 ET