Posted January 31, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Atlanta Hawks survived a wild, physical late-game battle under Toronto's basket - thanks to Al Horford's go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining. Horford had 22 points and 10 rebounds and played tough defense with two blocks near the basket in the closing seconds of the Hawks' 93-92 victory Wednesday night. ''It was a do-or-die situation,'' said Hawks coach Larry Drew, whose team braced for Toronto's final possession during a timeout with 12.6 seconds remaining. ''I told them during the timeout just believe in your defense, go out and get that one stop, and they did. There were bodies flying all over the place.'' The game followed a late-afternoon trade which could reshape Toronto's season. Longtime Raptors guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis gave farewell hugs to their teammates about an hour before the game as word leaked of a trade that will send small forward Rudy Gay from Memphis to Toronto. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points. John Lucas added a season-high 19 points, Alan Anderson had 15 points and Aaron Gray had eight points and 11 rebounds. With Toronto leading 92-91, a missed jumper by John Lucas set up a Hawks timeout with 27.8 seconds remaining. A few passes around the perimeter set up Horford's open jam to Atlanta the lead. Horford blocked Kyle Lowry's shot out of bounds with 12.6 seconds remaining. The officials' review of the video confirmed possession belonged to Toronto. Following a timeout, Alan Anderson missed a long jumper, DeRozan grabbed the rebound and had his attempt under the basket blocked by Horford. There was apparent contact from Horford on DeRozan, but no foul was called. Coach Dwane Casey and the Raptors wanted a foul called during the intense exchange, but no whistle meant the Hawks survived for the win. Casey charged onto the court with his arms extended, demanding an explanation for the no-call in the final seconds. He was still upset in his postgame news conference. ''I'm tired of this,'' Casey said. ''I'm tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league's going to come down on me for this, but I don't care. Guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game we get cracked, apology, go back to Canada.'' Casey said his initial belief a foul should have been called was supported by his review of the video. ''I've been in this league 18 years and I've never seen as many missed calls at the end of the game to cost us the game,'' Casey said. ''We have good officials. Too good to miss calls and short-change these young men like that. And it's not right.'' Josh Smith had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. Kyle Korver, who made five 3-pointers, had 17. The Hawks had 10 3-pointers, giving them a franchise-record five straight games with at least 10 3s. Smith said the Hawks ''played some pretty good defense'' in the closing seconds, though he added with a smile ''I don't know what happened'' after Anderson's miss. The Raptors were left with nine players in uniform following the trade. Calderon and Davis were starters, but Gay, averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, could boost the Raptors' chances of moving into the Eastern Conference playoff race. Toronto entered Wednesday's games in 11th place in the conference, 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Boston. Drew said before the game he warned his players to not be distracted by the Toronto trade. Despite Drew's warning, the Hawks appeared to be sluggish in the first half as they fell behind by 13 points at 53-40 following a 10-0 run by the more aggressive Raptors. Toronto outrebounded the Hawks 28-13 in the half and led 55-45 at halftime. The Hawks finally answered Drew's call in the third quarter, when they took the lead by outscoring the Raptors 30-14. Notes: Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton, added to the Braves' outfielder through free agency and a trade, respectively, had front-row seats, one day after Justin had his introductory news conference in Atlanta. ... Gray had 10 rebounds in the first half, matching his season high for a game. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Toronto's 112-102 loss to Golden State on Monday night. ... The Raptors finished with a 52-36 advantage in rebounds.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Atlanta Hawks Have Strippers Entertain Crowd Before Game (SFW Video)

Did you just read that headline and think, “I need to get to a Hawks game. They may have a new biggest fan!”? I know when I first saw the video, that’s exactly what I thought. Kind of. The title is a little misleading. There WERE strippers entertaining the crowd before the game, but they … Continue reading »

Source: Hawks Are Expected To Trade Josh Smith Before Trade Deadline

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith could be suiting up for another team for the first time in his NBA career soon.  League sources have informed Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports that the “growing expectation” in league circles is that the Hawks will trade Smith before the NBA’s trade deadline in mid-February. This isn’t the first time that Smith has been rumored to be on...

Report: Josh Smith trade expected this season

Josh Smith is expected to be traded this season, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. Smith has been rumored to be on the trading block for years. J-Smoov is finally on the last year of his $13.2 million deal.  In his latest team power rankings, Spears wrote that the Hawks could finally pull the trigger on a deal this season Via Spears: Expectations are growing that...

Horford's game-winner leaves Raptors' Casey fuming

ATLANTA -- Al Horford made the dunk that put the Atlanta Hawks up for good -- finally -- over the short-handed Toronto Raptors. Just another one of Hawks coach Larry Drew's patented plays out of a time out. "You have to give credit to Coach Drew," Horford said after Wednesday night's 93-92 win. "He's the one that drew it up. "He spends a lot of...

Source: Expectation Growing For Josh Smith Trade

Expectations around the NBA are growing that the Atlanta Hawks will trade Josh Smith this season.

Little Red Korver, Baby You’re Much Too Fast

If you’ve been reading these blurbs every Wednesday and have been tempted to try your hand at a DraftKings game, then today would be a good day to take advantage of the 100% Deposit Bonus (up to $600). And if you need some pointers on how to pick your team, buddy, do I have a pillowcase full of doorknobs to smack your brain with (where doorknobs = hints and tips). Over the past...

Hawks 93, Raptors 92

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks had to overcome a 10-point halftime hole, dig in hard in the fourth quarter and survive a frenzied scramble in the final four seconds to beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 93-92 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. Josh Smith and Al Horford led the Hawks (26-19), Smith with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Horford with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver...

Nick Van Excel’s Son Convicted Of Murder

Nickey Van Excel is the son of former NBA player, Nick Van Excel. Nick is currently working in the D-League as an instructor for the Atlanta Hawks. The grim story goes like this, Nickey states that he and his childhood friend were horse playing with a shotgun and it then went off. The blast killed his friend, Bradley Eyo. Nickey panicked and wrapped up Eyo’s body, put it in a trunk...

Report: Suns Eyeing Josh Smith

Now, after missing out on Gordon and Gay, the Suns have shifted their attention to a new star that may be available prior to the Feb. 21 trade deadline. The Suns are pursuing Josh Smith, according to multiple league sources. Phoenix will try to acquire Smith before the deadline or, if that fails, through a sign-and-trade deal next offseason. The Suns are very interested in Smith...

Raptors-Hawks Preview

After having their winning streak snapped, the Atlanta Hawks may be able to bounce back quickly against a Toronto Raptors team they've dominated recently. The Hawks look for their fourth win in five games Wednesday night when they host the short-handed Raptors, who have lost 11 of 13 in the series. After a rough 2-8 stretch, the Hawks (25-19) showed some signs of life with...

Horford's late jam helps Hawks edge Raptors

ATLANTA (AP) -- Al Horford scored 22 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 93-92 on Wednesday night. Longtime Raptors guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis gave farewell hugs to their teammates about an hour before the game as word leaked of a trade that will send small forward Rudy Gay from Memphis...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.