Home ain't so sweet

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

The Raptors are famous. Too bad, it's for all the wrong reasons.

An embarrassing 116-112 overtime loss against the awful Atlanta Hawks before 17,890 at the Air Canada Centre last night ended two ugly streaks for the NBA's worst team.

The Raptors choked horribly in the final minute of the fourth quarter, allowing the Hawks (11-50) to snap a 13-game losing streak and a 23-game road losing drought.

"I told them, 'If you want to be famous tonight, if you're not ready to play, you will be in all the news reports at 10 p.m,' " Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said before the game.

Apparently the Raptors, now 26-36 and looking way up at a playoff spot, wanted to be a featured attraction on the highlight shows.

They committed 16 turnovers.

When asked about his team's preparations for the Hawks, Mitchell said, "You tell them, you show them the tape, you tell them, you show them the tape, you tell them, you warn them, you talk to them."

Sense a little frustration?

Rafer Alston and Jalen Rose each missed free-throws that could have extended the Raptors' lead to three points in the final minute of the fourth quarter.


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