NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Atlanta
(Wednesday, January 25th)
Final Score: Cleveland 106, Atlanta 97
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 22 of his 38 points in the second half and Cleveland used a big fourth quarter to earn a 106-97 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena.
Donyell Marshall added 19 points off the bench -- 16 of which came in the final period -- and the Cavaliers outscored the Hawks 13-4 over the final four minutes to come away with their third straight victory.
Cleveland also had a lot of help at the free-throw line. The Cavs sunk 38- of-51 attempts from the charity stripe, compared to 16-of-22 for Atlanta.
Joe Johnson finished with 24 points and Al Harrington had 22 along with eight rebounds for the Hawks, who were coming off a 10-point win over Indiana on Monday.
The teams were tied at 93-93 when Marshall made 1-of-2 foul shots with 3:47 remaining to put Cleveland ahead. Harrington had a chance to send Atlanta back on top seconds later, but missed a pair of free throws.
James then penetrated the lane and dished off to Marshall, who buried a baseline three-pointer for a 97-93 advantage. Another Marshall trey, this one with 58 seconds left, gave the Cavs a 104-95 lead and put the nail in the coffin.
"(Marshall) was great for us tonight off the bench," said Cleveland's Drew Gooden. "He gave us that spurt. And he was making some backbreakers towards the end of the game."
Atlanta was up by six after three quarters but the Cavs started the fourth with a 14-2 run, with James and Marshall netting seven points each, to go up 90-84 with eight minutes to play.
The Hawks regrouped and pulled within 93-91 on a Johnson three-pointer with 4:46 remaining. Two Harrington free throws less than a minute later knotted the score.
Cleveland trailed by 12 points late in the first quarter and was down 44-33 four minutes into the second before the Cavs began to storm back.
A Marshall three-pointer and two free throws by James started an 11-2 run, capped by James' basket from beyond the arc with 4:28 left in the half, that pulled Cleveland within 46-44.
Early on, our team didn't have any intensity," said James. "And I saw that, so I had to pretty much take over and put my team on my back."
Damon Jones' three-pointer with 1:30 remaining before intermission staked the Cavaliers to a 51-50 edge, and Cleveland went into the break with a slim 56-55 lead.
However, Atlanta outscored the Cavs 14-4 over the first six minutes of the second half and grabbed a 69-60 lead after Josh Smith knocked down a jumper to end the run. Back-to-back Harrington baskets that followed a layup and free throw by James extended the margin to 10 points with 4:22 left in the third quarter.
Cleveland answered with a 12-2 burst highlighted by a pair of three-point plays from James to tie the game at 75-75, but Atlanta regrouped and took an 82-76 lead into the fourth quarter after Tyronn Lue buried a triple at the buzzer.
"In the third quarter everything was smooth," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. "We were moving the basketball, we got good shots and we came out of the quarter up by six. Then in the fourth quarter we got complacent and wouldn't move the basketball, and that resulted in some key turnovers which (the Cavaliers) capitalized on."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 18 points for Cleveland and Gooden posted his 16th double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds...The Cavaliers' 51 free-throw attempts were a season high...Cleveland has won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams and four straight over the Hawks in Atlanta...The Hawks shot 50.7 percent (38-of-75) from the field.
01/26 00:18:27 ET