NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Cleveland
(Wednesday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Cleveland 98, Atlanta 94
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 36 points -- 32 in the second half, 19 in the fourth quarter -- to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Larry Hughes scored 14 points, and Drew Gooden had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Cavs, who have won three of four.
Joe Johnson scored 24 points, making 4-of-6 three-pointers for the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost two in a row after winning five straight. Josh Smith scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Marvin Williams had 16 points for the Hawks.
James took over on the offensive end for Cavs late in regulation, scoring all his fourth-quarter points in the last 6:49. He started it with consecutive jumpers that put Cleveland up 80-77. A Smith basket made it a one-point game, but James drilled a three to put the Cavs up 83-79 with 5:23 remaining.
Later in the quarter James drilled three straight jumpers, keeping Cleveland up five points. Johnson made things interesting late, draining two long three- pointers in the last 11.9 seconds. The second trey pulled Atlanta within 96-94 with 3.9 seconds left, but James sank two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to seal the win.
Cleveland led 22-19 after one quarter of play, but the Hawks edged in front, 38-37, at the break.
James scored 13 points in the third quarter, including a jumper in the final seconds that put Cleveland on top 69-68 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Hawks carved out a four-point lead after a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter. Johnson drained a three-pointer, Horford made a jumper, and two Johnson free throws put Atlanta up 75-71. Daniel Gibson answered with a three and a jumper, though, edging the Cavs back on top, and teams traded leads down the stretch.
James entered play averaging 9.5 points in the fourth quarter, tops in the NBA...Cleveland's 61 points in the second half is the most the Cavs have scored in a second half this season...Josh Childress added 13 points off the bench for the Hawks.
01/02 22:29:36 ET