Cavs Collapse in Fourth, Hawks Steal Win in OT

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love left on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston Wednesday

We can't just flip a switch. They'd better flip it fast.

This has been a different season for the Hawks, who had been one of the Eastern Conference's best teams over the past two years with 108 total wins.

"Whenever you're playing with your backs against the wall, a nothing-to-lose mentality, it's easier to go out there and kind of give your all", he said, explaining the Celts' push to make things tight after the Hawks went into a shell of sorts with a large lead.

The Cavaliers blew a 26-point fourth-quarter lead on the way to a 126-125 overtime loss to the Hawks on Sunday, and the team had its issues with the officiating along the way. Cleveland was 2 of 14 from 3-point range in the first quarter on Friday.

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.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last six games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after Friday's win over the Cavaliers. Bazemore tipped it to Muscala, who fumbled it over to Millsap on the baseline.

First, the Hawks were gifted a chance at a game-tying shot (which Paul Millsap buried) on this missed out-of-bounds call that resulted in a jump ball.

Last season, James sat out two of the Cavs' final four games before the playoffs.

The loss spoiled some tremendous individual performances by the Cavaliers Big Three.

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Adding injury to insult, Kyrie Irving came away from the game with concerns about his surgically repaired left knee. Kyrie Irving pushed the lead back to five with a pair of free throws 10 seconds later.

Kyle Korver led Cleveland's reserves, netting 11 points on 3-for-7 shooting from long-range against his former squad.

Atlanta had a home-and-home series starting the next day with Cleveland.

The Cavaliers shot 41 percent from three-point range, going 19-of-41 from deep, and outrebounded Atlanta, 53-45.

Millsap scored a team-high 22 points and had nine rebounds.

LeBron getting whistled for a five-second violation with 18.7 to play in the fourth and Kyrie getting tied up in the corner with under five seconds remaining all contributed to the Cavaliers Sunday afternoon collapse.

LeBron James had his usual dominant stat line - 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 42 minutes - but it wasn't enough to thwart the Hawks' 29-7 run in the fourth quarter that changed the game.

"It was a tough loss right here", said LeBron James, who finished with a triple-double but fouled out in overtime. "I think we just felt like we've got single digit amount of games left, and we can just turn it on come playoff time".

"We talked about it before the game, that we've got to take care of the ball". We'll get out of it; we'll be all right. "We're not going to be happy about this". The Hawks will play their final regular season home game at Philips Arena on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets before wrapping up the season on the road in Indiana.

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