Atlanta saved at the buzzer by AJ Griffin against Toronto in the NBA

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Atlanta saved at the buzzer by AJ Griffin against Toronto in the NBA

His father, Adrian Griffin, a former player who became an assistant coach in Toronto, had to pinch himself to believe it and hesitate between raising his arms to the sky or sighing in dismay after the buzzer on Saturday evening.

It was his son AJ, a rookie on the Atlanta side, who had just, at the end of overtime, saved the Hawks against the Raptors (124-122), with an easy basket, completely lonely under the basket, served as a lobbed pass by Trae Young. An unlikely finish as OG Anunoby (27 points) equalized for the Raptors behind the penalty line less than 4 seconds from the gong. To get there, the Hawks had already had to force a comeback at the end of regulation time (101-109, 46th) by De’Andre Hunter (22 points) and their leader Trae Young (33 points at 12/21, 12 passes).

With his 17 points, including 8 in overtime, as well as a decisive offensive rebound, AJ Griffin, the rear of Duke chosen in 16th place in the last draft, played a major role for his people and confirmed a start successful season (6.8 points). Clint Capela (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Dejounte Murray (17 units) also contributed to this success which allows Atlanta to stay on the eastern conference podium (10-6).

Reduced (without Otto Porter Jr, Pascal Siakam, Gary Trent Jr in particular), the Raptors had a chance, by Scottie Barnes (28 points) to win at the end of regulation time, but did not find the target. They keep a positive record (9-8) and slip to 7th place.

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