No regular starters, no problem for Hawks against 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

"We took a lot of bad shots", Lue said. We had some good moments, and we had some not-so-good moments today.

32-year-old James is now leading his team in points per game (26.3), assists per game (8.7), and steals per game (1.2).

The Cleveland Cavaliers watched what had been a 26-point lead to start the fourth quarter completely disappear and then fell apart in the final minute of overtime as they dropped a 126-125 decision to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.

LeBron James had a triple-double of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but fouled out in overtime.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points to help Atlanta beat Cleveland for the second straight time, over three days. With two regular season games remaining against the Charlotte Hornets and the Indiana Pacers the Hawks have all the makings of riding a nice little five game winning streak into the First Round. That may be, but failure to stop a slumping offense in two straight games (with rest in between) is worrisome.

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, April 5, 2017. He was called for a pair of fouls (including one on a Paul Millsap 3-pointer), and he committed a five-second violation on an inbounds play.

"Give them all the credit", Millsap said. To the self-aware Celtics, the issue is the way the club played those games.

James made a couple of mistakes in the closing seconds of regulation.

James Johnson had 22 points for Miami against his former team.

The Thunder guard finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but eight assists as his teammates missed several shots after getting a dish from their MVP candidate.

For the first three quarters, the Cavs effectively dominated play.

Despite being ice cold from beyond the arc early, the Cavs just kept jacking 3 after 3 after 3 and missing 3 after 3 after 3. "Especially when we are such a great offensive team, to be out-scored by 26 points in a quarter".

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer elected to sit four starters when they traveled to Cleveland the following night. Atlanta holds a one-half game lead over Milwaukee for the fifth seed in the East after posting a solid 123-116 victory over the Celtics on Thursday that was just the squad's third win in 12 games.

"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". "Obviously, we needed him down the stretch". But, you know, it could come back to bite them, too.

Irving left the game in the third quarter and went to the locker room because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Watch this game live on TV: FOX Sports OHIO, NBATV for the Cleveland people and FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, NBATV for the Atlanta people. It was easily one of Cleveland's most complete games this season, and while James insisted it wasn't meant to send an external message, Love felt the victory resonated inside Cleveland's locker room.

James, who played a game-high 47 minutes, was posting his 13th triple-double of the season for the Cavs.

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