Hawks stun Cavs again, make 26-point comeback to win in OT
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 19:54
Irving admitted in a recent interview that an injury from a surgery two years ago is still bothering his knee. He is averaging 8.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. "Obviously, we needed him down the stretch".
And to make things a little more interesting, the Celtics now own just a two-game lead over the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game that Schroder (right mid-foot sprain) would play and start against the Cavs, but after his pregame remarks the Hawks announced that both Schroder and Howard were out, too.
Toronto pulled away to reach 50 victories for the second straight season. Atlanta won the season series against Boston 2-1. The Cavs lost, 114-100, and the game had Eastern Conference seeding implications, as the Boston Celtics continue to hang around, just one game back in the race for the one seed.
"But at the end of the day, we're hoping to look back and say that was a lesson for us and that we can't let that happen again".
Millsap also got backing from Tim Hardaway Jr. with 23 points as well as a career-high 20 points from Taurean Prince and 18 from Dennis Schroder.
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LeBron James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving 18 for Cleveland, which was in a funk for most of the night but took an 87-85 lead in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Korver. "Ball movement, definitely ball movement", Millsap told reporters of the key to the scoring output. 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. Each team has three games to play.
The defending National Basketball Association champions continue to be the one of the league's most talented, yet bipolar teams. The Hawks' Mike Muscala had nine points, three assists and three boards in the fourth quarter, and was +28 in 12 minutes. It was the second-most points Atlanta scored in a half this season, exceeded only by the 72 it posted against Denver on February 8.
"That's how we've got to play", he said. "But we're not going to panic". He shot 4-of-14. The Cavs led in overtime by as many as five points and were still up three when James fouled out.
The Hawks got some help. "We also did a better job with our spacing tonight". Kyrie Irving pushed the lead back to five with a pair of free throws 10 seconds later. "If he feels good, I think he should get a game or two just to get some kind of feel".
NOTES: Boston coach Brad Stevens said he had no plans to rest the regulars before the playoffs begin.
Howard has been a force on the glass, ranking in the top five in the league in rebounding, while Paul Millsap was named an All-Star for the fourth straight season, all with the Atlanta Hawks. James played a ghastly total 47 minutes, a crime considering the Cavs led by 26 through three quarters. Sefolosha and F Kris Humphries were inactive for the Hawks.