Cavaliers suffer epic meltdown vs. Hawks, lose control of No

Cleveland led 93-67 after the third quarter, but the Hawks outscored the Cavaliers 44-18 in the fourth and tied it at 111 on Paul Millsap's short jumper at the buzzer after Atlanta won a jump ball. Atlanta has as much depth and talent as anyone in the league so why not consider the best-case scenario, which is Dwight Howard and company finding their stride at the flawless time of the year.

LeBron James tallied his 13th triple-double of the season and 55th of his career - finishing with 32 points, a game-high 16 boards and 10 assists before fouling out for second time this season on a questionable call three minutes into overtime.

Kyrie Irving completed a 45-point game for the Cavaliers with a meaningless basket at the buzzer.

The Hawks, who never led until overtime, took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Mike Muscala with 35 seconds left and shocked the Cavaliers 126-125.

- If the Cavaliers and the Celtics both have the same results in their final two games (two wins, both split, or both lose two in a row), the Cavaliers - who own the tiebreaker - will claim the No. 1 seed. Mike Dunleavy, who was discarded by Cleveland earlier this season, scored seven points in six minutes.

For the first three quarters, the Cavs effectively dominated play. "Cleveland owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Boston, which has two games remaining in its regular-season schedule". A key charge call went against Irving in the overtime that clearly should've been a block when Cleveland was down three with 12 seconds left. His 3 at the 7:22 mark gave Cleveland its first double-digit lead. The Raptors, on the other hand, may not want to place themselves on Cleveland's side of the bracket by beating them in the season finale, but they should also prefer a first-round matchup against the Hawks instead of the Milwaukee Bucks, a unsafe squad that'd have the best player in that series. In that loss by the Cavaliers, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Joe Vardon article quoted LeBron James about how the Cavaliers have played recently.

The defending champion Cavaliers dropped into a tie with Boston atop the Eastern Conference.

"I'm not discouraged. It was a tough loss for us, but that's the way the game goes", Lue said.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Reggie Bullock and Boban Marjanovic each scored 14 points and Detroit used a 3-point shooting spree in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis. At 42-38, they are one game ahead of Milwaukee for fifth place in the East. We had some good moments, and we had some not-so-good moments today. It was the second of two back-to-back sets of games Cleveland has played this month.

Cleveland scored the first five points of the overtime period before the Hawks answered back once again. Waived DeAndre Liggins to create an open roster spot in case C Tristan Thompson is sidelined for the playoffs with a sprained right thumb.

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