Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Friday, December 2nd
Game 2: Wednesday, December 28th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 3rd
Game 4: Wednesday, March 1st

Raptors 102

(2-15, 1-7 away)

Hawks 101

(2-13, 1-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 34 20 23 25102
    ATL 23 22 22 34101

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Villanueva 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Atl: J. Johnson 34 Pts, 6 Reb, 10 Ast

    Villanueva scores 22, lifts Raptors to second win

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Charlie Villanueva is just a rookie, but even he knew a road game at Atlanta was too good an opportunity to waste.

    Villanueva scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2.5 seconds left, as Toronto ended a six-game losing streak with a 102-101 win over Atlanta Friday night in the matchup of the two worst records in the league.

    The teams brought a combined 3-27 record for a .100 winning percentage to the game -- the worst percentage in NBA history for opponents that have played at least 30 games combined, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    All Villanueva knew was this was an opportunity for the Raptors to end their 0-7 road drought.

    "This was a game we had to win," Villanueva said. "They were struggling. We were struggling. We hadn't won on the road yet, and this was our best chance."

    Chris Bosh led Toronto with 23 points. Villanueva added 10 rebounds.

    The Raptors led most of the game, but there were three ties in the final 3 minutes.

    Joe Johnson set a career-high with 34 points, but it wasn't enough to keep Atlanta (2-13) from its fourth straight loss.

    A tip-in by Al Harrington, who had 24 points, with 3:26 left capped a 10-0 run that gave the Hawks a 90-89 lead -- their first advantage since 2-1.

    A three-point play by Bosh gave the Raptors a 96-93 lead, but Johnson's third 3-pointer of the period tied the game at 96-all with 1:35 left.

    The Raptors were called for a shot-clock violation with 1:10 left, and Johnson's baseline jumper gave the Hawks a 98-96 lead. Bosh scored on a short jumper over Zaza Pachulia with 42 seconds left for a 98-98 tie.

    Following a miss by Harrington, Toronto called a timeout with 17.7 seconds left.

    Jose Calderon passed to an open Villanueva as the rookie drove the lane past Harrington for the go-ahead layin with 2.5 seconds left.

    "I went to set the screen and two guys were on Jose," Villanueva said. "I was wide open. I was a little surprised. I'm glad to get it."

    The Hawks' hopes to pull even ended when the officials ruled Johnson stepped out of bounds after receiving a pass.

    "The ref said it was, so I guess it was," Johnson said.

    "We're a lot better than that team, especially at home. We got down too early. Defensively, we didn't have enough down the stretch."

    Hawks coach Mike Woodson said the blown defensive coverage on Villanueva spoiled an otherwise strong effort.

    "This kid is one of the worst free-throw shooters, and we let him lay the ball up," Woodson said. "If he's at the rim, you have to foul him and take your chances at the line, and we didn't do that."

    As if encouraged by the knowledge they were playing the Hawks, the Raptors said they remained calm in the final minutes instead of playing tight, as they have in similar situations.

    "We had no choice but to be loose," said Jalen Rose, who had 15 points. "Hopefully we can find a way to build on it."

    After Villanueva's go-ahead basket, Morris Peterson added two free throws, giving him 15 points.

    Salim Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer for the Hawks at the final buzzer.

    The Raptors had six players score in double figures. Mike James had 13 points and seven assists. Calderon had 10 points and six assists.

    In losing seven straight road games, Toronto allowed 105.3 points per game, but the struggling Hawks scored only 78 points per game in their last three losses.

    The Hawks' offensive struggles continued as they trailed 54-45 at halftime.

    A 3-pointer by Peterson to open the second half gave Toronto a 57-45 lead, but the Hawks finally caught fire with a 14-2 run, capped by a Josh Smith jumper, to pull even at 59-59 midway through the period.

    Rose then hit two 3-pointers in the final 4:05 of the third period as the Raptors regained control with a 16-6 run for a 77-67 lead.

    Game notes

    Toronto was the last NBA team to win a road game. ... The Hawks assigned little-used guard Donta Smith to the Arkansas RimRockers of the NBA Development League. Smith was a second-round pick in 2004 who was caught in a logjam of players at shooting guard. Smith did not play in the last eight games. ... Hawks G Royal Ivey got cut in his mouth late in the first half but was able to return in the second half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 101
    FGM-FGA 40-82 (.488) 43-78 (.551)
    3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 16-18 (.889) 11-15 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-37 11-35
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 15 17
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 18 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 2

    Top Performers

    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 34
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0