Hawks 127, Cavaliers 125 (2 OT)

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CLEVELAND -- Hawks guard Jeff Teague sank a 20-foot jumper at the double-overtime buzzer to give Atlanta a 127-125 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
With the score tied, Teague left the clock wind down, then fired from the left of the key. The ball hit the rim, then backboard, then the rim three more times before falling through the net.
Teague fired in a career-high 34 points and dished out a game-high 14 assists for the Hawks (16-13). He made 14 of 24 shots from the field.
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points, and he added nine assists.
The Cavaliers led by as many as five points in the second overtime, but couldn't hold on. Guard Kyle Korver's four-point play with 2:44 to play pulled the Hawks to within one 118-117.
The Hawks had four players score 20 or more points. Center Al Horford, who suffered a shoulder injury at the end of regulation, had 25 points and eight rebounds.
Forward Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Korver had 20 points and five assists.
Irving was held scoreless in the previous meeting against the Hawks on Dec. 6. When he missed his first five shots Thursday, it stretched his unenviable streak to 14 misses in a row vs. Atlanta.
However, he subsequently sank four consecutive shots and was off and running. In all, he made 17 of 33 attempts Thursday.
The Cavaliers (10-18) ran their losing streak to three in a row, and they lost for the fifth time in six games.
Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters had 20 points and four rebounds in his return from tendinitis in his right wrist. He missed the previous three games. Cleveland power forward Tristan Thompson added 22 points and six rebounds, and center Anderson Varejao tied his season high with 17 rebounds.
Guard Matthew Dellavedova made four free throws in the last 11.7 seconds of the first overtime to give Cleveland a three-point edge.
Teague's 30-foot 3-pointer knotted the score at 108 with 4.2 seconds left in OT.
Irving dribbled out of bounds with 1.9 seconds remaining, giving the Hawks a chance to win the game.
Teague missed a baseline jumper at the first-overtime buzzer, and his floater bounced off the rim with 0.9 seconds left in regulation. However, he took advantage of his third chance to be the hero.
Cleveland tied a season high with 24 turnovers.
NOTES: Cavaliers G Dion Waiters returned to the team after a three-game absence caused by right wrist tendinitis. "I couldn't shoot the ball, dribble or pass," he said. "It started about two weeks ago and I shook it off, but it got worse." ... F Earl Clark replaced F Alonzo Gee in Cleveland's starting lineup. ... Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving remains second in the fan voting for the NBA All-Star game among backcourt players in the Eastern Conference. Heat G Dwyane Wade is first with 565,455 votes, followed by Irving with 524,000. Irving has a substantial lead over injured Bulls G Derrick Rose, who has 299,950 votes. ... Cavaliers G C.J. Miles knows shooters, and he holds Hawks G/F Kyle Korver in high regard. "He might go down as the best shooter ever," Miles said. ... Hawks G John Jenkins is sidelined due to a back injury, while Atlanta F Cartier Martin was out because of a sprained ankle.

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