Hawks Down Cavaliers 109-101 With No LeBron

| by Daniel Yancelson

The Atlanta Hawks survived a fourth quarter comeback by the Cleveland Cavaliers to hold on to a 109-101 win Tuesday night at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

The Hawks (23-8) were without Al Horford, who left the court just minutes before tipoff with an upset stomach. The Cavs (18-13) were also without LeBron James, resting a sore left knee on the day he celebrated his 30th birthday.

The Hawks stepped up in the absence of their star player, with many players contributing. Paul Millsap scored 26 points in the game and added nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.  Jeff Teague completed a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists, while Kyle Korver made five three-pointers, scoring 19 and adding eight rebounds.

For the Cavs, who have lost three of their last four games, Kyrie Irving had a big night. He had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

"I had to be aggressive; we had some guys down," Irving said. "I just kept shooting. ... We gave ourselves a chance to win. We just couldn't get over the hump."

Tristan Thompson finished the game with a double-double; he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cavs.

With the win, the Hawks are now one game ahead of the Wizards in the southeast division and have now won eight of their last 10 games.

The Hawks’ next game is Friday night in Utah, against the 11-21 Jazz, and the Cavs will finish a back-to-back tonight as they host the 16-16 Milwaukee Bucks.

Source: NBA / Photo Credit: Flickr