TORONTO, April 8 (Ticker)
-- Jalen Rose
and Morris Peterson
the Toronto Raptors did not endure another humiliating home
loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Rose scored 30 points and Peterson added 26 and a career-high 14
rebounds, leading the Raptors to a 109-101 overtime victory
over the league-worst Hawks, who lost their 14th straight game.
With the Raptors clinging to a 100-99 lead in the extra session,
Rose made a jumper and Peterson added a 3-pointer from the
corner. After Atlanta's Tony Delk
responded with a jumper, Rose
hit another 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to seal things.
"We came in at halftime and had a big-time gut check and it was
a total team effort in the second half," Rose said.
With the Raptors trailing 47-33 at halftime, coach Sam Mitchell
gave his team a strong enough message in the locker room to turn
things around in the second half.
"Coach said we can pack it in or go out there and not get
embarrassed," Peterson said. "We chose to play hard and everyone
saw the difference. Everybody was working hard and playing with
energy and that's what we needed."
Atlanta (11-64) has lost 27 of its last 28 games. The Hawks'
lone win in that span was a 116-112 overtime triumph in Toronto
on March 11.
Toronto led 95-91 with 1:31 remaining in regulation after Rafer Alston
's 3-pointer, but Atlanta forced overtime as Delk banked
in a shot and Tyronn Lue
made two free throws sandwiched around
a free throw by Rose.
"They came out and scored the first couple of buckets in
overtime just like they did the last time we were here and it
was hard for us playing catch-up," said Lue, who added 12 points
and eight assists.
"They made plays," said Delk, who scored 20 points off the
bench. "They had a couple of big threes and we didn't get
scores, and down the stretch you've got to make plays."
Toronto, which trailed by 17 points after one quarter and by 14
at intermission, rallied behind Alston, who scored 20 of his 21
points after the break.
added 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for
Toronto, including a crucial rejection on Lue with 1:33
remaining in overtime.
"I think every minute of basketball we play right now is about
pride," Bosh said. "We didn't play well and didn't make shots.
Sometimes when your offense isn't clicking, you have to do
something else, so all I could do today was rebound and play
some decent defense."
matched a season high with 19 points, accounting
for all of the Raptors' bench points.
scored a season-high 21 points and rookie Josh
Smith added 19 and 12 rebounds for Atlanta.