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January 31, 2013

Horford's late jam helps Hawks edge Raptors, 93-92

ATLANTA — 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.

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