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Raptors win season-high fourth straight

12/1/2001

ATLANTA (AP) -- It remains to be seen whether the Toronto Raptors
can put teams away. They have shown they can win on a last-second
shot.

After squandering four 11-point leads, the Raptors beat the
Atlanta Hawks 104-103 Saturday when Hakeem Olajuwon scored with 1.8
seconds left.

Atlanta led 103-102 after Nazr Mohammed hit two free throws with
three seconds left. After a Toronto timeout, Olajuwon took an
inbounds pass from Vince Carter and hit the turnaround jumper for
the winning points.

"In the NBA, three seconds is a long time," Olajuwon said.
"The most important thing is to get a good shot."

It was the Raptors' fourth straight win, a season high, and
Atlanta's fourth loss in five games.

"Dream Olajuwon hit a great shot," said Dion Glover, whose
last-second shot missed. "That's his shot. I didn't think it was
going to Hakeem."

Added Carter, "That's why he's one of the 50 greatest. He
proved it tonight. He can take the big shots and make them."

Carter scored 19 points to lead Toronto, just the third time in
17 games he's fallen short of 20.

Seven Toronto players scored in double figures. Olajuwon had 16
and Keon Clark added 14.

Glover scored a season-high 25 points for the Hawks. Shareef
Abdur-Rahim added 22.

"Every play, other than the very last one, we got some good out
of it," Abdur-Rahim said. "With 1.8 seconds, it's tough to get
the look we wanted. We thought Glove got fouled, but the ref said
no."

Under former Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens, the Raptors have won
two of the three games in Atlanta.

The game had six lead changes in the final two minutes, and
Atlanta was held without a field goal for the final 1:59.

The Raptors led by as many as 11 points on four occasions, the
last coming in the opening minute of the third quarter. Each time,
the Hawks climbed back into the game.

"When we have a significant lead we need to put teams away,"
Carter said. "Late in the season you're going have to learn to win
these games. You're not going to blow people out night in and night
out."

Atlanta, which missed its first six shots of the game, took its
first lead at 62-61 on Abdur-Rahim's baseline jumper, capping an
11-2 run midway through the third period, but Toronto responded
with a 10-2 spurt to regain the lead.

The Raptors led 80-72 after three quarters, but the Hawks opened
the fourth with a 12-3 run, assuming a 84-83 lead when Glover
scored with 8:22 to go.

Three times in the last five minutes, Toronto upped its lead to
four only to have Atlanta respond. Mohammed's layup with 1:59 to
go put the Hawks up 99-98.

Atlanta led 101-100 after Abdur-Rahim's two free throws with
28.8 seconds remaining. Olajuwon put Toronto ahead 102-101 at 23.8
seconds with a pair of free throws.

Game notes
The Raptors made five 3-pointers, the 220th consecutive
game in which they have made at least one, the longest current
streak in the NBA. ... Since starting the season 0-for-22 from the
field, Atlanta guard Jacque Vaughn is shooting 75 percent
(25-for-33). ... Hawks forward Alan Henderson will visit a knee
specialist in Indianapolis to have his right knee examined. It's
the same doctor who performed ligament surgery on Henderson eight
years ago. ... Atlanta is 1-6 when allowing 100 points or more.