Atlanta Hawks left it late to come back strongly and first leveled the game and then won it in Over-Time to stay in the hunt to lead the NBA Eastern Conference.
By Lindy Rumer
ATLANTA, April 10, 2017 (SNN 24/7) – Atlanta Hawks did their chances of finishing on top of the NBA Eastern Conference a world of good on Sunday night when they edged out the current leaders Cleveland Cavaliers 126-125 in OverTime at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Atlanta Hawks entered the fourth quarter 26 points but this was the point where they rediscovered their lost form and composure and they did enough damage to square the game after the end of the fourth quarter.
In the ensuing OverTime, the Hawks assumed the lead right from the start but the Cavaliers kept coming back at them. The cat and mouse race continued right till the final buzzer with the Hawks winning it only by a single point for their 42nd victory in the NBA 2017.
Despite losing tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still on top of the NBA Eastern Conference with 51 victories, whereas the Atlanta Hawks are fifth-placed as they extended their winning run to the third game.
Since the 1954-55 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks are only the third team in NBA history to win a game after entering the fourth quarter 26 points down.
Paul Millsap was the man for the Hawks as he delivered 22 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. He was ably supported by Dwight Howard with 19 points, five rebounds and two assists and Tim Hardaway Junior with 21 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
LeBron James was once again the go-to-man for the Cavaliers as the King delivered 32 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists to add another triple-double to his name. Kevin Love and Channing Frye also chipped in with 11 points and 15 rebounds and 12 points and eight rebounds, respectively.
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