Hawks stun Cavaliers despite absence of stars

  • Hawks stun Cavaliers despite absence of stars

Hawks stun Cavaliers despite absence of stars

"I mean it's never easy, even the year after, just to realize that you have plates and screws in your knee and stuff like that", Irving, who had surgery on the knee in 2015, said via Cleveland.com. It appears that the Cavs are rewriting the records of the league in more ways than one. They have an array of sharpshooter, some solid rebounding bigs, and (of course) LeBron James.

The Celtics, comprehensively beaten by the Cavaliers on Wednesday, slid to another costly defeat as Paul Millsap inspired Atlanta to a 123-116 win at Philips Arena in Georgia. The Cavaliers blew the doors off the Hawks for three quarters and took a 26-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The Atlanta Hawks seized their chance as the Cleveland Cavaliers collapsed late on, erasing a 26-point second-half deficit to stun the National Basketball Association (NBA) champions 126-125 in overtime on Sunday.

James was thoroughly disgusted after the game as well.

"Just energy", James said when asked for an explanation for the outcome.

Paul Millsap's jump shot at the buzzer to end regulation time knotted the score at 111-111.

Dwight Howard's streak of double-doubles ended at 10 games, his longest since last season with Houston and the longest Hawks streak since Kevin Willis had 21 straight in 1991-92.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 15 points.

A steal and fastbreak layup by Kent Bazemore increased Atlanta's lead to three points. That win seemed to signal a change, an acknowledgment that the postseason was quickly approaching and it was time to get serious.

They've been the coasting Cavs, guilty of taking teams lightly and taking time off. And this playoff run will begin at the TD Garden, a reward for teams whose play all season ranks among the best in the Eastern Conference. Coach Tyronn Lue called it "just stupid", and it was. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both played over 40 minutes and handled much of the offensive load.

James wasn't the problem for the Cavs.

Kyrie Irving finished with 45 points, and was too financially conscious to rip the referees afterward.

Meanwhile, Nikola Mirotic scored 22 points and Jimmy Butler had 19 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-90 to boost their playoff prospects. He was also 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. However, Mike Muscala's 3-pointer just seven seconds later gave Atlanta the lead, with a bad inbounds pass by Love being quickly converted into a layup for the Hawks. Schroder played just 27 minutes, while Howard played just 24 minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon, the only San Antonio starter to play, had 10 points and 13 rebounds. If the Cavs and Celtics finish with the same record, Cleveland will get the top seed for winning the season series.

With their struggles these least two games, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference suddenly finds themselves battling to hold on from falling down the standings.

The Hawks play at home again on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets.

That didn't work out so well for them last season, so they need to avoid a repeat of that at all costs.

Atlanta wraps up their season Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers.