ATLANTA, March 28 (Ticker) --
The Toronto Raptors are getting good at
these frantic finishes.
hit the go-ahead layup with 6.1 seconds left
and Antonio Davis
blocked Toni Kukoc's
layup as the Raptors held on for an 85-83 victory over the
Atlanta Hawks to extend their winning streak to four games.
Williams was one of five Raptors in double figures with 13
points. But Williams, an agressive rebounder, felt that he had
not contributed until that point.
"At the end of the game, I felt like all game, I hadn't given
the team anything," Williams said. "I was just trying to keep
focus and give my team something. I knew I had to go to the
boards hard. Fortunately it fell in my hands and I was lucky to
put it back in."
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Alvin Williams scored eight of his 14 points in the third quarter, but struggled with his shot.
"We're playing hard and that's what's important," Raptors coach
Lenny Wilkens said. "The best part about it is when we set up a
play, they try and execute a play. Nobody is trying to do it by
themselves. We're on the same page. Guys are responding and
trying to help each other. We stayed focused and needed this
After Atlanta All-Star forward Shreef Abdur-Rahim
hit a jumper
with 13 seconds left, Davis went through traffic but missed
Williams, who had eight rebounds, put back the miss to give the
Raptors an 84-83 lead.
It was the second time this season Toronto won in Atlanta in
the final seconds. On December 1, Hakeem Olajuwon
hit a jumper
with 1.8 seconds left, providing a 104-103 win.
The Hawks had one more chance to win, but Davis blocked Kukoc's
"I knew we were going to be scrambling," Davis said. "As a
center, my job is to stay in the middle. I saw him coming down
the lane and I knew I had to go take the shot.
It was the third consecutive game Toronto survived a exciting
On Sunday against Washington, Davis stole the ball from Michael
and converted the go-ahead layup with 15 seconds left.
On Wednesday against Miami, Morris Peterson
go-ahead layup with 8.4 seconds left.
Toronto has won four straight games since losing Vince Carter
to season-ending knee surgery on Friday. The Raptors (34-38)
are two games behind eighth-place Indiana in the Eastern
The Raptors trailed 70-64 at the end of three quarters. But the
Hawks missed their first nine shots of the final period,
allowing the Raptors to take a 71-70 lead on a running layup by
Peterson with 10:25 left.
The Raptors missed four of their next seven shots and led only
80-76 when Terry converted a three-point play with 3:05 for the
Hawks' first basket of the fourth period.
On the other end, Davis missed a short jumper and the Hawks had
a chance to take the lead. But they could not convert on their
three possessions, with the most costly miss coming at the 1:22
mark when Abdur-Rahim had a clear path to the basket and missed
an easy layup.
Williams grabbed the rebound and passed to Chris Childs
dished to Peterson. Peterson went through traffic and extended
himself for a reverse layup that made it 82-79 with 1:17 left.
After the teams traded turnovers, Terry made two foul shots
with 38 seconds left to pull Atlanta within 82-81.
Abdur-Rahim led the Hawks with 23 points on 10-of-26 shooting.
But he had just six points in the fourth quarter and was
frustrated all night by the officiating and the constant
"I don't got no comments about the referees," Abdur-Rahim said.
"We play this team three times and they beat us that way all
three times. It was a physical game. I missed a lot of chippies
(easy layups). We should have won this game."
"It was a tough ball game to officiate, tough both ways," Terry
said. "They kind of just let them play. It was a tough loss.
"They were just scrappy and tough all night. They were very
resilient. We couldn't catch a break. We couldn't get a shot to
fall. Tonight they were the better team."
Atlanta (29-42) clinched its third consecutive losing season
and had its six-game home winning streak snapped.