Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Hawks 113

(19-37, 7-21 away)

Raptors 111

(20-37, 10-17 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2006

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    ATL 30 20 31 24 8113
    TOR 24 28 27 26 6111

    Top Performers

    Atl: J. Johnson 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Blk

    Tor: C. Villanueva 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Hawks blow lead, come back to beat Raptors

    TORONTO (AP) -- Joe Johnson is tired of winning this way.

    Johnson and Al Harrington each scored 26 points, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered from blowing a lead late in regulation to beat the Toronto Raptors 113-111 in overtime on Wednesday night.

    Atlanta posted its third overtime win in its last four games after blowing a six-point advantage in the final 34 seconds of overtime.

    "We got to try and win some of these games in regulation. This overtime thing is getting old," said Johnson, whose club is 4-1 in overtime and 19-37 overall.

    Johnson also had nine assists and seven rebounds for the Hawks, who won for the first time wearing their yellow uniforms.

    Harrington fouled out in overtime, but Johnson made a key jumper with 1:04 left.

    Harrington will take any victory -- no matter how long it takes.

    "We've won our last three that way. We'll take 26 more like that as long we win," Harrington said.

    Chris Bosh had 27 points and Charlie Villanueva added 25 for the Raptors, who have lost five straight. New president and general manager Bryan Colangelo received an ovation when he was shown on the video board. The Raptors hired the former Suns executive on Tuesday.

    Morris Peterson and Mike James each added 21 points for the Raptors, who were outrebounded 49-36.

    "It seemed like they wanted it more than us," Peterson said. "We had beaten them all year, so it was a game they wanted to win."

    Toronto won its three previous games against Atlanta.

    After Josh Childress dunked over Bosh and converted a three-point play, Villanueva dunked over Josh Smith and converted a three-point play to give Toronto a 110-108 lead in overtime.

    But Harrington made one of two free throws and Childress grabbed an offensive rebound and made a hook shot to give Atlanta a 111-110 lead with 3:23 left.

    Harrington fouled out when he knocked Bosh to the floor on a drive.

    But Bosh missed a short hook shot and a long jumper in the final minutes.

    Johnson made a jumper to give Toronto a 113-110 lead with 1:04 left.

    James made one of two free throws to cut it to two points but James missed a 3-pointer and Peterson missed a short jumper in the final seconds.

    "I don't think that's where the game was lost," Peterson said. "It was our effort tonight. We came out a little flat. We were always trying to play to their intensity. They kind of dictated the game tonight."

    Salim Stoudamire started a 12-5 run with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and ended it with one, giving Atlanta a 103-95 lead with 2:15 left.

    Joey Graham's two free throws cut it to five points with 1:57 left, but Harrington made a turnaround jumper as the shot clock expired -- giving Atlanta a 105-99 lead with 34 seconds remaining.

    James' 3-pointer cut it to three with 25 seconds left and Johnson turned the ball over with a bad pass before Childress fouled Peterson on a 3-point attempt with 7.8 seconds left.

    Peterson made all three of his free throws, tying it at 105.

    Johnson, tightly guarded by Peterson, missed a potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer of regulation.

    Game notes

    Bosh all but confirmed he's one of 22 players invited to the U.S. national team's training camp this summer. "I expect to be there," Bosh said. ... Toronto center Antonio Davis missed the game with a strained back. He was fouled on a drive and fell hard in Monday's game at Miami.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 111
    FGM-FGA 42-90 (.467) 40-85 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 9-20 (.450) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 20-24 (.833) 27-31 (.871)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-49 11-36
    Assists 28 18
    Turnovers 16 9
    Steals 4 11
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 18 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 4

    Top Performers

    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2