A scorching start in Atlanta led to an overtime affair between the Cavaliers and Hawks. It ended in disappointing fashion as a Kyrie Irving shot didn’t connect, nor did a tip-in attempt by Alonzo Gee. 103-102 Hawks, the final.
The Cavaliers took a late fourth-quarter lead, only to see the Hawks’ Joe Johnson hit a three pointer as time expired, sending the game into the extra session.
Kyrie Irving had hit two straight baskets for Cleveland in the closing minutes of regulation, and a win was staring at them. His hoop with five seconds left gave the Cavs a 91-88 lead, only to see Johnson fire home a three-point bomb to give Atlanta new life.
In the overtime session, the Cavs frittered away a six-point lead and Joe Johnson hit a short jumper to give the Hawks the 103-102 lead. That turned out to be the final score.
Irving led the Cavaliers with 29 points. He was both an assist and rebound shy of a triple-double. Antawn Jamison added 23. The Hawks were led by Josh Smith, who topped all scorers with 32. Joe Johnson chipped in with 22, including another clutch three in overtime that halved the Cavs six-point edge.
The Cavs are back in action on Friday night when they are in Orlando.