Regular Season Series (Game 2 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 102

(7-20, 2-13 away)

Raptors 108

(7-22, 2-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 26 25 28 23102
    TOR 35 18 26 29108

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Harrington 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

    Tor: M. James 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Raptors rally to beat Hawks in battle of NBA's worst

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors didn't care that their victory came against a team whose record is almost as bad as their own.

    Mike James scored 28 points, Morris Peterson added a season-high 26, and the Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-102 Wednesday night.

    "We just needed a win, period," James said.

    James also had nine assists and six rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 2-12 at home. They also beat Miami on Nov. 20.

    Toronto is 7-22 overall, while Atlanta is 7-20.

    "It's nice to get a win at home for a change," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.

    Al Harrington had 25 points for the Hawks, who are 0-2 against Toronto this season. Atlanta has lost nine of its last 10 visits to Toronto.

    "We're good enough to win, we just didn't get it done," Harrington said. "It had nothing to do with being young or growing or anything like that. We didn't make plays to win."

    Harrington capped a 10-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, giving Atlanta an 89-81 lead.

    But Toronto rallied with a 12-2 run, getting help when Atlanta committed nine of its 22 turnovers in the quarter. Jalen Rose stole an inbounds pass and converted a three-point play, tying it at 91.

    Peterson's jumper with 2:47 left gave the Raptors the lead for good at 96-94. After another Atlanta turnover, James assisted on Charlie Villanueva's dunk, giving Toronto a 98-94 lead.

    Harrington followed with a dunk, but James made two free throws to give Toronto a four-point lead with 45 seconds left.

    "They wanted it a little bit more down the stretch," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "I thought we kind of took control in the early part of the fourth quarter. And then, at the seven or eight minute mark, we let it get away."

    Peterson played his best game of the season in what was a milestone game for him. He passed Alvin Williams on the Raptors' all-time games played list (418). He also has the longest streak of consecutive games played among current NBA players with 307.

    "Alvin came over to me and I said 'I'm taking over your throne," Peterson said. "I just want to continue to do it. You don't know how long you're going to play."

    Game notes

    When these teams met at Philips Arena on Dec. 2, Atlanta was 2-12 and Toronto was 1-15 before the Raptors won their first road game of the season. Since that game, each team has been much more respectable, with the Hawks going 5-7 and the Raptors 5-6. ... Toronto scored a season-high 35 points in the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 108
    FGM-FGA 40-71 (.563) 42-82 (.512)
    3PM-3PA 7-10 (.700) 7-14 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 15-16 (.938) 17-20 (.850)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-30 8-30
    Assists 18 21
    Turnovers 21 14
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 12 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 8 10

    Top Performers

    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Mike James James
    Points: 28
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0