Cavs play without LeBron, fall to Hawks 109-101

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ATLANTA— Paul Millsap took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off a Cleveland comeback and the Hawks beat the Cavaliers, who were without LeBron James, 109-101 on Tuesday night.

James, celebrating his 30th birthday, was held out with a sore left knee.

The Hawks led by 17 points early in the second half but had to hold off a comeback by Cleveland, which had 35 points from Kyrie Irving.

After a jam by Tristan Thompson cut the Atlanta lead to 93-90, Millsap scored Atlanta’s next eight points. Millsap led the Hawks with 26 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Teague had 23 points and 11 assists, and Kyle Korver sank five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points.

Thompson had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland.

The Cavs take on the Milwaukee Bucks on New Year’s Eve at home.

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