Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 31 points and the Toronto Raptors won an Eastern Conference play-off spot and responded with a late eight-point lead that helped lead to a 118-108 win against visiting Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Fred Vanvalit contributed 3-pointers in the race to make a difference for Toronto (46-33), the previous current fifth pick that combined for a win in Orlando and a place in the Cleveland Cavaliers rate post-season.
Fred Vanvilit makes it a 5 point game with CLUTCH 3!
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Trey Young had 26 points and a game-high 15 rebound for Atlanta (41-38), which would require the Hawks to finish with all the wins and all the defeats in Toronto to reach the top-six.
After blowing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead and trailing Young’s 103-102 in Young’s free throw to go 2:53, the Raptors tightened the defensive screw, keeping the visitors goalless until D’Andre Hunter’s two free throws. 30.3 seconds left.
By then, Toronto had taken a 110-103 lead, where the valuable Achuwa also drew the raptors in a free throw at 2:33 left and Scotty Burns led the hosts at 1:53 on a short-range basket. Going.
Vanvalit’s original 3-pointer came to Toronto’s next possession, pushing the advantage to 108-103, and when Siakam capped his big night with two free throws, the Raptors took control at 110-103 before Hunter’s drought-ending foul shot.
Siakam complemented his 31 points with 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who have won their last seven games for the sixth time.
Burns recorded a double-double with 19 points and a game-high-tying 14 rebound, with Chris Boucher leading with 18 points, Gary Trent Jr. with 14, Vanvalit with 12 points, a team-high-nine assist, and 11 points. With Achia.
Atlanta have seen their five-game winning streak come to an end, with Kevin Heuer having 21 points, Hunter 20 and Bogdan Bogdanovich 19. Clint Capella compiled the fourth double-double of the game with 10 points and a game-high-tying 14 rebound.
At 9:53 Toronto was the first to take a two-digit lead in a tough contest using 10-4 bursts to start the final round to build a 99-87 advantage at the Burns Driving Hoop.
But the Hawks held the Raptors to just three points at the next 7:20, eventually drawing 102-all in a Young Basket with 4:29 remaining.
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