TORONTO (AP)—The Atlanta Hawks had reason to celebrate. Their two horrendous losing streaks finally came to an end.
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,” Mitchell said.
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 overtime.
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 throws.
“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.”
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.