Hawks resting Dwight Howard against Cavaliers

That could mean that James will sit out Monday's road game against the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back, where he has already sat out two of the past three meetings at American Airlines Arena against his former team.

Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince racked up a career-high 20 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 41 minutes of action as the Hawks scored a 123-116 win over the Boston Celtics. It definitely worked wonders for our team."During the dominant second period, the Cavs scored 38 points on 16-of-25 from the field, including 3-of-8 from long range."I think he knew he had to step up with Double T being out, he had to play like a point 5 for us", J.R. Smith said of James". Michael adds, "Obviously you want to win as many games as you can, but the coaching staff has said they're not gonna do that at the expense of running players out there when they're on tilt, in terms of not resting players the way they should be". The Hawks had lost nine of 11.

Millsap, recovering from a knee injury, credited steady ball movement and strong pick-and-rolls with his team's strong night offensively. "This is our team and if we continue to do that, we will be able to score". After a Dennis Schroder triple, Isaiah Thomas countered with a trey of his own and forced a turnover on Hardaway Jr as the Celtics trailed only by five, 116-111, with 55 ticks left. The hosts got no closer than nine points the rest of the night as Cavs coach Ty Lue used small sharpshooting lineups to stretch out the C's defense and open up the floor for James to operate.

This win moves Atlanta ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and into the number four seed in the Eastern Conference.

Isaiah Thomas finished with 26 points and 6 assists for the Celtics, but he did not get much help from his teammates.

The Cavaliers are starting to play better and better, as they claimed the first seed and the tiebreaker by beating the Celtics. One Atlanta writer approached me at halftime mostly to say, "You just witnessed the best offensive half the Hawks have put forth". "Last night, no. This one, yeah". The four-time All-Star won't play Friday at Cleveland, missing his ninth game in the last 11.

"The first few possessions out there, it took me a little bit to get in a groove", Millsap said.

"It's the National Basketball Association and those guys made a run at us and came back to close it a couple of times, but I'm happy with the way our guys played", Budenholzer said. Big man Paul Millsap led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Love had a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Horford was a classy citizen and tireless worker on the court, but fans, still upset that he left as a free agent, again booed him every time he touched the ball.

"The sprain is significant, a source said, and Thompson's going to miss at least one more game (Friday at home against Atlanta), if not more."
"It just took my out of my rhythm".

  • Julie Sanders