Larry Drew had to deliver another halftime speech.
The Hawks coach needed to say something for his team to erase a 13-point second-quarter deficit against the depleted Raptors. It worked in the end – but not before some dramatic final seconds.
The Hawks had to survive a mad scramble under the Raptors basket for a 93-92 victory Wednesday night at Philips Arena. Trailing by a point, the Raptors couldn't get a game-winning attempt as the ball took more bounces than numbered ping pongs in a lottery drawing.
"We played some pretty good defense," Josh Smith said. "(DeMar) DeRozen lost the ball. Kyle (Korver) kind of grabbed it, fumbled it a little bit. It got back to (Amir) Anderson. We contested the shot. After that, I don't know what happened."
The Hawks got their game-winner when Smith found Al Horford under the basket for a dunk that was the final margin with 21.5 seconds remaining.
The Hawks (26-19) have won four of their past five games. They have now won 12 of the past 14 games against the Raptors.
Horford led the Hawks with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Smith added 20 points and 11 rebounds and Korver finished with 17 points, including five 3-pointers
Hawks survive for win over depleted Raptors
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jan 31