Millsap, Hardaway lead Hawks in stunning OT win over Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love center is surrounded by Boston Celtics players as he grabs a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston Wednesday

Cleveland is set to host the Atlanta Hawks tonight and have been on a roller coaster ride of a season. They remained ninth in the Eastern Conference with three games to play. Andrew Wiggins scored 41 points for Minnesota, which lost its fourth straight and has dropped 10 of its last 13.

The Hawks are now 3-1 against the Cavs this season.

With a game-high 35 points in a losing effort, Isaiah Thomas recognizes his team's struggles, but knows they have to keep their heads up and now get too down on themselves. Should the standings finish as they are today, the Celtics wouldn't have to face the Hawks in the first or second round, should the Celtics get to the second round, of course.

Atlanta began the game with more energy than Boston, which was coming off an emotional loss to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Irving alluded to rest and recuperation being important at this point of the season.

The Hawks were playing well most of the season, even getting their record to 37-29 after a March 11 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Cavs team failed to protect a nine-point lead midway through the third quarter and fell behind by as many as 20 in the fourth to slip to a 114-100 loss. "That's not the, the kind of the first step that led to the breakdown of what happened in that fourth quarter, and why it extended the game". However, a 19-2 run by the Hawks put the game away as Atlanta grew their lead to 20 points with under two minutes to go in the game.

"It was just one of those days".

But the bad calls should never have mattered.

Through that adversity the Hawks were able to persevere and make the playoffs yet again. "But we're not going to panic". The Hawks shot just under 47 percent in the game. The linemakers are waiting to see if either coach is going to rest players. The Cavaliers were leading 109-105 with 18.7 remaining when LeBron James was whistled for a five-second count on the inbounds giving Atlanta back the basketball. "Once that flip-flops, the game started changing and the momentum shifted".

"Obviously a bad performance", coach Tyronn Lue said, stating the obvious. "I think JR and Korver and Kevin and those guys should play a little bit because they've been out for so long and just try to keep JR's rhythm and establish Kevin's rhythm and the same thing with Kyle". "As a group, our energy was very low".

Millsap scored 26 points in a reserve role, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and Atlanta snapped a two-game skid with a 123-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

Ilyasova joined the Hawks in February at the end of the trade deadline.

By the Numbers - 44.0 ... points that Kyrie Irving is averaging in two games at Philips Arena this season - shooting.588 from the floor, including.650 from long-range, to go with 9.0 assists and 2.5 steals per contest.

This is a nice bounce-back spot for the Cavaliers and they will have a low Vegas number to get over. But with a decisive win over the Celtics earlier this week, it seemed as if they might have finally found the extra gear needed to get back to where they wanted to be. The Cavs have Miami and Toronto remaining on their slate.

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