TORONTO (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks had reason to celebrate. Their
two horrendous losing streaks finally came to an end.
Tyronn Lue had a season-high 29 points and Al Harrington scored
28 as the Atlanta Hawks ended their 23-game road losing streak with
a 116-112 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
The Hawks also ended their 13-game overall losing streak.
"Twenty-three and 13 is a lot losses," Harrington said. "Guys
can start to believe they can't win. This is huge for us."
Lue and Harrington combined for 14 of their team's 15 points in
overtime to lead Atlanta to its first win since Feb 7 against the
Los Angeles Lakers. The Hawks, who had not won on the road since
Dec. 10 against Detroit, are 3-30 away from home.
"We have the worst record in the league but we still like to
win," Lue said.
Before the game, Toronto coach Sam Mitchell warned his players.
"I told our guys, if you want to be famous, if you're not ready
to play then you'll be in all the news reports at 10 o'clock,"
A furious Mitchell said the Raptors are not good enough to take
a team lightly.
"We're 10 games under .500 -- duh," Mitchell said.
The Raptors had a chance to ice the game late in the fourth
quarter, but Jalen Rose and Rafer Alston missed crucial free
throws. Lue's jumper tied it at 101 with 6.1 seconds left, and Rose
missed a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer to send the game into
Rose had a poor game, finishing 5-for-17 from the field.
Lue's two jumpers and two free throws gave Atlanta a 112-110
lead with 1:05 left. Rose tied it with a jumper, but Harrington
made a layup and Lue made two free throws with four seconds left.
Atlanta's bench erupted in cheers after Lue made the free
"We've been knocking on the door the last three or four
games," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "Our guys came out and
played tremendous, from beginning to end."
The Hawks had a season-high 34 points in the first quarter and
led by as many as 14 in the second quarter. But Toronto rookie Matt
Bonner, who had a career-high 21 points, made two 3-pointers and a
jumper as Toronto went on a 23-6 run to take 53-50 lead.
"This is tough because it's a streak we didn't want to break,"
Bonner said. "We just have to learn that you have to come to play
every night no matter who it is."
^Notes:@ Rafael Araujo, Toronto's starting center, no points and one
rebound in eight minutes. Araujo was the eighth overall pick in the
draft last June. ... Lue scored 25 points and Harrington added 21
points in a 95-91 loss to Boston on Wednesday night.