Cavs Collapse in Fourth, Hawks Steal Win in OT

It was the 19th double-double of the season for Millsap, who played his second game after missing eight with left knee synovitis.

It's pretty troubling that the LeBron James-led defending National Basketball Association champion expected to make it to a third straight Finals comes off an embarrassing loss to what was nearly a D-League roster, and the coach comes out and says, "That's who we are".

Cleveland was again without starting center Tristan Thompson, who missed his second straight game with a sprained thumb.

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Hawks, who were without Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder.

The dreams of landing the top seed in the Eastern Conference likely vanished for the Celtics after they fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

The Cavs are on a dismal run, splitting their last 10 games with five wins and five losses - not what you'd expect from the champions heading into the post-season.

Atlanta became the third team ever to erase a 26-point deficit in the 4th quarter, per NBA.com.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put up big games for the Cavaliers but it was not enough.

"I remember (owner) George Steinbrenner would just pull stuff out of the air and say, 'This guy is going out or this guy is saying this in the locker room, ' and he'd stir the pot and create controversy", Love said.

Cleveland ranks last in the league in steals, 26th in blocked shots, 25th in points off turnovers, 22nd in defensive rating, 23rd in defensive rebound percentage, and 25th in second chance points allowed.

The Rockets led by two after a dunk by Montrezl Harrell before Ish Smith made a basket to tie it. James Harden missed a 3-pointer on the other end, and Johnson's 3-pointer made it 110-107.

Quotable - LeBron James, on the importance of locking up the No. 1 seed in the East ... Mike Muscala came up with the loose ball on the jump and Millsap connected at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Both teams have two games remaining. I'm doing everything possible to take care of my body, but also I have to understand that sometimes it's going to hurt and I just have to be able to deal with it.

Another day, another shocking loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Devin Booker scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to help the Suns snap a 13-game losing streak. The Hawks won the game 123-116.

Cavaliers: Coach Tyronn Lue plans to rest James and Irving for the playoffs if the Cavs clinch the No. 1 seed.

Wizards over Celtics (conference record against playoff teams): Teams rarely have to go through four or five tiebreakers to settle a tie, but that's exactly what could happen if these two ended up neck and neck at the end of the regular season.

"Depends on how he feels", Lue said. We got three more games left, I believe - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Visit Miami, where they've lost 12 straight, tonight.

  • Salvatore Jensen