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Atlanta Hawks’ Winning Streak Stops Against the Cleveland Cavaliers

December 1st, 2012 at 12:30 AM
By Gordon Robinson

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The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 113-111. The loss stops Atlanta's winning streak at six games and also ends a four game losing streak for the Cavs. The Hawks were out-rebounded by Cleveland 49-28, Tristan Thompson had 15 boards and Anderson Verajao had 18, combined those two beat Atlanta on the glass. Again, the Hawks did not take advantage of the free throw line, they shot 23-32 while Cleveland made the most of their opportunities shooting 21-22. Even after losing those two stat battles the Cleveland Cavaliers needed a last second put back to win the basketball game. 

 Atlanta held an eight point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cavs battled back behind the big play of Jeremy Pargo. As the clock wound down, it began to be a battle of big shots between Atlanta and Cleveland and at the end Cleveland rookie Dion Waiters shot an air ball from three point range to have Alonzo Gee slide in behind Josh Smith and put it in with .4 seconds left on the clock. 

Jeremy Pargo led the Cavaliers with 22 points and Dion Waiters scored 21 points to go with seven assists. Anderson Verajao scored 20 points to go with his 18 rebounds and Alonzo Gee added 13.

For the Hawks, Josh Smith led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds. Lou Williams came off of the bench to contribute his 18 points (many of those were big late in the game). Jeff Teague and Al Horford both logged in 15 points, Horford added 11 boards and Teague added seven assists and six steals to the stat sheet. 

When Coach Larry Drew spoke to the media about the loss he stated, "You gotta give Cleveland credit. They came in and played hard and physically, they really took the game to us. They were very aggressive off the dribble, we couldn't defend them off the dribble and they came out with the win."

Tags: Al Horford, Anderson Verajao, Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Dion Waiters, Jeff Teague, Jeremy Pargo, Josh Smith, Lou Williams, NBA

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