Cavaliers Blew Big Lead In OT 126-125 Defeat At Hawks

Cavaliers Blew Big Lead In OT 126-125 Defeat At Hawks

LeBron James did not make a big deal out of it, but he wasn't overly excited about Cleveland's dominant win in Boston two days earlier, either.

"Depends on how he feels", Lue said.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last six games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after Friday's win over the Cavaliers.

In overtime, the Cavs got up by five. The Hawks bench exploded and carried the team to victory that was highlighted by Tim Hardaway Jr. putting away any hope of a late Cavs surge.

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.

Something of note, Atlanta's comeback came largely without Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard.

"It doesn't mean anything", Hardaway said. "We've got to come back on Sunday with the same intensity and the same mindset because they're going to come after it".

With regard to Clevaland, here are some numbers to consider: The Cavs' defense now ranks 29th since the All-Star break, and their net rating sits at 14th, just below the Pacers, Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets.

"A lot of players have played here, so just to think about that it's a great honor, but hopefully I'll beat it".

Suspended Doug Martin at Bucs' facility for offseason program
He rushed for just 421 yards on 144 carries, battling injuries and a leave from the team late in the year to enter rehab. Because of the suspension, guarantees in Martin's contract were voided including a $7 million base salary this season.

"We got two games left but I don't know the situation about tomorrow".

Paul Millsap scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage of Cleveland's fourth-quarter collapse to overcome a 26-point deficit and stun the Cavaliers in a 126-125 overtime win on Sunday. But players and coaches in that organization are confident that the postseason's regulated schedule (no back-to-backs or insane travel) and ability to hone in on one opponent in a seven-game series will do them good.

"We have to figure that out", he added after a win which lifted Washington to 48-31, level with Toronto, who had a rest day on Thursday. That's who we are.

"These games like this come back and bite you, especially down the stretch when you're trying to get some rest", Lue said after the April 7 game. While Cleveland is still trying to push for the No. 1 seed in the East, the Cavaliers have not been a good road team. The Cavaliers lost their second game in a row, both to Atlanta, and this time the team had a 26-point fourth quarter lead. But Atlanta scored the first nine points of that quarter and found itself down by just four points when Mike Muscala drilled a three-pointer from the corner with just under a minute to play.

"Obviously, the last 10 games we've been 5-5", he said. Sefolosha will reportedly receive $4 million and give "a substantial portion" to Gideon's Promise, an Atlanta-based organization that helps support and train public defenders. Tristan Thompson won't be available again because of a thumb injury.

Millsap didn't start for the second straight game as Budenholzer works him back from a sore left knee. I'm doing everything possible to take care of my body, I've got a clear conscience with that. "But I also understand that sometimes it's going to hurt". And I gotta be able to deal with it.

Hawks: Host the Cavaliers on Sunday.

The Cavaliers, who set an National Basketball Association record with 25 3-point baskets in Atlanta on March 3, hit their first three treys and had seven in going up 38-21 after the first quarter.

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