Teague tied his career best with 34 points, Millsap had his first
career triple-double, and the Hawks defeated the Toronto Raptors
118-113 in overtime Tuesday night.
Millsap, playing his 600th NBA game, had 19 points, 13 rebounds and
10 assists as the Hawks won their season-best fifth straight game.
"We're not going to make excuses for that down stretch, but we've
got most of our players back now and we're ready to make a playoff
run," said Millsap, who missed time due to a knee contusion.
Guard DeMar DeRozan, who scored 31 points in each of Toronto's two
previous games against the Hawks this season, scored 29. Fellow
guard Kyle Lowry added 20 for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors
Toronto, though, allowed 22 points off 15 turnovers and couldn't
keep Teague from penetrating.
"We blitzed him, we switched him, we tried everything," Raptors
coach Dwane Casey said.
Teague, who had five assists, shot 11-for-18 from the floor and
11-for-11 from the foul line as he topped 30 points for the third
time this season.
"I was just being aggressive and trying to get to the basket,"
Guard Kyle Korver, who had 16 points, put the Hawks ahead on a
3-pointer with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter, but Lowry scored on
a drive with 8.1 seconds left to send the game into overtime at
DeRozan and Lowry combined for Toronto's final 19 points in
regulation, but they combined to make just two of seven shots in
Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points but did not play
after the third quarter because of a lower back sprain.
Valanciunas said felt his back go when he stopped and tried to set a
"I wanted to play," Valanciunas said, "but when you can't
do anything, you can't do good things. The worst part is we lost."
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The Hawks made just three of their first 16 shots from the field
while falling behind 22-9 after eight minutes. The Raptors led 26-17
at the end of the first quarter thanks to 11 points from
Atlanta (31-35) took its first lead of the game with 1:35 remaining
in the second quarter on two free throws by center Pero Antic. The
Hawks were up by five before Raptors forward Steve Novak hit a
3-pointer at the buzzer to send the teams into halftime tied at 49.
"It's a great win, especially the way we came back after the first
quarter," Millsap said.
Teague scored 15 first-half points for the Hawks, 12 of them coming
in the second quarter.
"He woke us up," Millsap said. "He had an amazing game."
The Hawks had a buzzer-beating 3-pointer themselves at the end of
the third quarter, with rookie guard Dennis Schroder's trey giving
them an 80-78 lead. Millsap had 10 points in the quarter.
Schroder sprained his left ankle early in the fourth quarter and was
lost for the rest of the game.
NOTES: Raptors F Patrick Patterson missed his sixth consecutive game
because of a sprained right elbow. ... The Raptors and Hawks meet
again Sunday in Toronto. ... The teams split their first two games,
each winning at home. ... The Raptors came in having lost nine of
their past 11 games in Atlanta. ... It was the second game in the
16th back-to-back this season for the Hawks, who beat the Bobcats in
Charlotte on Monday. ... The Raptors play the Pelicans in New
Orleans on Wednesday. The Hawks' next game is also against the
Pelicans, on Friday at Philips Arena.
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